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VAN ZYL, Hermie C.. Exegesis and preaching: Romans 7:14-25 as test case. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2015, vol.49, n.2, pp.1-10. ISSN 2305-0853.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ids.v49i2.1927.

Exegesis is not an exact science. Often, more than one valid reading of the text is possible. This results in preachers often having to choose between exegetical options. Romans 7:14-25 is a case in point. It is widely recognised as a crux interpretum. The exegetical options vary on the identity of the 'I' in this pericope as well as on the stage in the life of the 'I' - whether before or after his conversion. This article argues the exegetical option that Paul is speaking here about his life before he became a follower of Christ. Subsequently the implications this choice holds for preaching on this pericope is discussed.

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