• "Wretch I Am!" Eve's Tragic Speech-in-Character in Romans 7:7–25

    Author(s):
    Nicholas Elder (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Biblical Studies, New Testament, Religious Studies
    Subject(s):
    Apostle Paul, New Testament
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Adam, Epistle to the Romans, Eve, Intertextuality, Tragedy
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M60Q1R
    Abstract:
    Of the myriad approaches to the identity of the “I” in Rom 7:7–25, missing is any study that considers seriously the tragic Greek laments. This article offers a new perspective on the identity of the "wretched man" — rather, the "wretched woman" — in Rom 7:7–25. I contend, based on generic and inter-traditional arguments, that Eve, not Adam, is the individual identified in Paul's speech-in-character in this chapter. Paul has recast Eve in the role of the female lamenter who bemoans her tragic condition. By doing so, he has uniquely fused Second Temple Jewish traditions about Eve with tragic traditions that were prevalent in his Greco-Roman context.
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