A-Z: Books of the Bible: Romans
NT epistle (letter)
This is a systematic letter of Paul. He wrote it in preparation for a visit to Rome, and a church he had not founded, to set out his understanding of the gospel about Jesus. Here he expounds the key doctrine of justification by faith. Also important is his theodicy i.e. his justification of God in light of the apparent failure of the Jews to accept Christ (Chs 9-11).
Big ideas: Redemption, salvation; Messiah
The 'Apostle to the Gentiles' (d. c. CE 65). Paul had a major role in setting up the Early Church and is believed to be the author of several letters in the Bible.
Rome ' the capital of Italy and the Roman Empire, traditionally founded by Romulus in 753 BC
1. Term for a worshipping community of Christians.
2. The building in which Christians traditionally meet for worship.
3. The worldwide community of Christian believers.
Gospel - Literally 'good news' - used of the message preached by Jesus recorded in the New Testament.
1. The central message of the Christian faith
2. Title given to the four New Testament books which describe the life of Jesus Christ
The name given to the man believed by Christians to be the Son of God. Also given the title Christ, meaning 'anointed one' or Messiah. His life is recorded most fully in the Four Gospels.
The teaching on the beliefs of a religion, usually taught by theologians or teachers appointed by their church.
A theological term which means being put right with God.
Belief and trust in someone or something.
An attempt to understand by faith and reason how evil can exist and natural disasters occur in a world created by a good, all-powerful and perfect God. The attempt is expressed in literary form and can be in any genre.
The Bible describes God as the unique supreme being, creator and ruler of the universe.
1. In the Bible members of the Hebrew race
2. Someone who belongs to the Jewish faith which believes in one God and the importance of Jewish Law.
Title (eventually used as name) given to Jesus, refering to an anointed person set apart for a special task such as a king.