Analysis Of Racism In Huckleberry Finn

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[JSNT 27.2 (2004) 193-216] ISSN 0142-064X ‘The Commandment which is for Life’ (Romans 7.10): Sin’s Use of the Obedience of Faith L. Ann Jervis Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, Canada Abstract Chapter 7 of Romans has been the focus of a vigorous debate over whether Paul’s discourse is focused on the pre-Christ or the post-Christ experience. This discussion has not extended to the interpretation of 7.9-11, however. Scholars on both sides of the debate appeal to Gen. 2 and 3 to explain these verses. At the same time, despite the fact that the Genesis story takes place well before the giving of Torah, scholars understand the ‘commandment’ to which Paul refers in these verses as a commandment of Torah. This convoluted but common reading is here called into question and a new proposal advanced: the commandment to which Paul refers in Rom 7.9-12 is the commandment inherent to life in Christ. In the midst of one of his most contorted, dramatic and opaque passages, Paul makes the statement, I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came sin revived and I died and found that the commandment which promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, finding opportunity in the commandment, deceived me and by it killed me (Rom. 7.9-11; my translation). Though ch. 7 of Romans has elicited an extended and energetic debate, particularly about whether the discourse concerns a pre-Christ or a postChrist experience, the interpretation of vv. 9-11 has been remarkably consistent. Both sides of the debate regularly regard Paul to here be referring to the Fall, the typical assumption being that the ‘the only person who could say “I was alive once without the law” would be Adam or Eve’.1 1. G. Holland, ‘The Self Against the Self in Romans 7.7-25’, in S.E. Porter and © 2004 SAGE Publications (London, Thousand Oaks CA and New

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