This is part of a series of posts on Romans. Click here for the contents page.
Having reached up to verse 20a of Romans 9, we will pause to consider the structure of Romans 9:6-29 (the C2-B1 section). This is a good time to do so because, as we will see, verse 20a is in fact the central point of this section. The structure will help us to ensure that we interpret the rest of the section correctly, as we can compare corresponding parts of the structure as we go through the second half of the section.
As can be seen below, each part has a corresponding matching part (e.g. the C2-B1-A1 part matches with the C2-B1-A2 part), with the C2-B1-G part standing alone in the centre. The text is arranged to have the corresponding sections vertically aligned. I have underlined the words or themes that appear in both matching parts (e.g. ‘mercy’ in C2-B1-C1 and C2-B1-C2).
Here is the structure (you can click on it to see a full screen version):
We will consider the significance of this structure as we go through the rest of the section, starting in the next post with Romans 9:20b-21. For now we can just marvel at the care and attention with which Paul wrote this wonderful letter.
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