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INTRODUCTION

The YashaNet Torah Study Group has begun its book of Romans study, the second in our series of Bible book studies. Each of these studies designed for students to reach greater depths of understanding the Scriptures. Our other studies (Matthew, Revelation), are also being placed on this web site. The book of Romans Study is an intermediate level course.

NOTE: If you are new to Torah-based Bible study, we recommend you start with our Matthew study.

One goal of this study is to correct the common errors made in most Romans studies (and Bible studies in general), that are caused by ignorance of the context of the letter and a tainted opinion of Paul's view of the Torah. Only with an understanding of the historical and cultural reality surrounding the first century Roman congregation can anyone begin to properly interpret Paul's letter.

All of these facts help explain the beliefs and prejudices held by many gentiles in the congregation that Paul was writing to. Unfortunately, these issues have not been properly addressed until very recent times. This study aims to add to the current growing body of knowledge.

We will seek to accomplish this by:

  • Placing the Romans letter back into its correct historical, cultural and religious context
  • Understanding that the author, Paul, was a Torah-observant rabbi and Pharisee who viewed his mission to the gentiles in the context of his service to Israel

The following books will be used as part of this Romans study. The first several are recent publications, used to a great deal in this study, and highly recommended. We have linked their titles to their respective pages on Amazon.com to assist those interested in ordering them.

We will supplement the above by drawing on extra-Biblical Jewish writings including; the Talmud, Midrash Rabbah, Zohar and Bahir.

This study will spend some time researching "background" material for Romans before approaching the actual text. This material is critical to a proper understanding of the book of Romans.

BACKGROUND MATERIAL

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Topics Include: First century Roman view of Judaism; Collegia; the Synagogue and its authority; Jews among the empire; Roman paganism; anti-Jewish sentiment
 
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Topics Include: Jewish views of: salvation, faith and freedom; expectations of the Messianic Age; "halakha" for righteous gentiles
 
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Topics Include: Paul's view of faith, mission to the gentiles, Torah in Paul's life, Torah in Paul's teachings, interpreting Paul's difficult writings, the "curse of the Law," the multiple functions of the Torah, Torah in the life of the believer in Yeshua
 
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Topics Include: Roman anti-Semitism, Roman-Jewish wars, anti-Jewish Roman laws, development of "the Church," church fathers, church councils

TEXT ANALYSIS

Introduction
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Romans 8:1-39
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Romans 1:1-1:17
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Romans 9:1-33
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Romans 1:18-1:32
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Romans 10:1-21
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Romans 2:1-2:29
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Romans 11:1-36
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Romans 3:1-31
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Romans 12:1-21
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Romans 4:1-25
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Romans 13:1-14
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Romans 5:1-21
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Romans 14:1-23
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Romans 6:1-23
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Romans 15:1-33
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Romans 7:1-25
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Romans 16:1-27
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