Mar 14, 2014

Romans 2:22: Robbing Temples

I developed the following table for a course that I am teaching on Romans. It was developed from discussions found in Colin G. Kruse, Paul’s Letter to the Romans, PNTC, ed. D. A. Carson (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012), 149-51; Douglas Moo, Romans, NICNT (Grand Rapids:Eerdmans, 1996), 163-65; Thomas R. Schreiner, Romans, BECNT 6 (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998), 132-33.
Romans 2:22: Views on Robbing Temples
Metaphorical Views
Literal Views
·     Sacrilegious actions (cf. Acts 19:37)
·     Idolatrous devotion to the law
Jerusalem Temple
Pagan Temples
Failure to pay the temple tax
·     Robbing of pagan temples
·     Using or profiting from items stolen from temples
·     The literal views seem preferable since stealing and adultery appear to be literal
·     It seems best to see pagan temples in view since the word used is most often used in this context
·     The sin of robbing temples is tied in some way to idolatry.

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