HTS Theological Studies
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ZUIDDAM, Benno A.. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2010, vol.66, n.1. ISSN 2072-8050.
In Paul's Epistle to the Romans, the expression τ λóγια το θεο refers to speech of God that was entrusted to the Jews as a people. This includes everything He spoke through Moses and the prophets. The apostle presents this as a matter of the greatest privilege to his readers, both for its authoritative contents and the personal involvement of the God of the Covenant it represents. Paul uses these 'oracles' or 'very words of God' as a collective reference (indicated by τ) to all divine speech that was entrusted to the Jews before the revelation of God's righteousness in Christ, to which these λóγια το θεο bore witness in advance. This article consequently argues that τ λóγια το θεο refers to the Bible as phenomenon, the revealed Word of God that was entrusted to the Jewish people.
Keywords : Orakel; Bybel; Paulus; Bybelvertaling; openbaring.