Romans 9.1 and Asyndeton

Here is some in-depth teaching from Daniel B. Wallace. This type of study I really enjoy since the teacher takes time to build the analysis through careful reading of the text using syntax. The resulting application and understanding is very solid because it is derived clearly from exegesis.

Daniel B. Wallace

As I was reading Romans 9 recently I noticed that the chapter begins asyndetically—that is, without a conjunction or other marker to connect it with the preceding. This is fairly rare in Greek and, apart from its use in staccato-like commands and aphorisms, almost always means one of two things: either a total disconnect from the preceding or a connection so strong that it would be superfluous to add the conjunction.

Paul uses asyndeton at the beginning of a major paragraph nine times in Romans. In 2.17, 10.1, 11.33, and 13.8 it is obvious that the same topic is in view. (On a smaller scale, see 2 Tim 3.16—which obviously connects to the previous verse; cf. also Phil 4.4b.) In Rom 12.9, 13.8, 16.3, and 16.21 the connection is not as clear, though it is probably there in most of these instances. Romans 13.1 offers the most obvious break without…

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Due to the unexpected change of residence and lack of pictures I need to take a break posting in the photoblog.

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