Romans is a very important addition to the Bible. This
is written by Paul to the Roman church. Much of Romans is
showing the righteousness of God in different ways. “Romans
road” passages are a great description of how to lead
someone to christ (His saving righteousness). Falling into
this importance is Romans 3:21-26. This is the basis of
God’s righteousness in the Death of Jesus (Schreiner p.25).
Refering to the different versions of this text, there
is not much of a variation. Several words and phrases are
changed but the same meaning is kept. The two versions of
the text which will be shown as examples are the New
International Version (NIV) and the New American Standard
(NAS). Others versions were used but these two were the
best examples that I found. Verse 24 has “gift” in the NAS
version, but “freely” is used in the NIV. Also found is in
verse 25 is the differing between what God was trying to
demonstrate. The NAS says: “...this was to demonstrate His
righteousness...”, but the NIV says: “He did this to
demonstrate His justice...”. The last variation between
these versions is in the final verse (31). The NAS says:
“...we establish the Law.”, but the NIV says: “...we uphold
the Law.” These differences are somewhat small, however
they could alter the meaning slightly. Finding the meaning
is the reason we compare different versions.
The basic structure of Romans is fairly simple. It is
called letter-essay style by some, though there is no proof
that it was read to any group of people. It is the gospel
of God’s righteousness. Sections of Romans are even
dedicated to showing the basiscs of christianity like the
“Romans road”. This basic knowledge allows for a good
foundation as a christian.
Some historical contex must be discussed before the
text can be taken apart. Paul wrote to the Romans from
Corinth during his three month stay. Paul was on a
missionary trip passing through ...
Bibliography: I did not use all of these sources
directly, but I would like to acknowledge the books,
references, and other resouces that I did read. Also more
were used in research but were not enough to reconize.
Schreiner,Thomas R. “Romans” (Michigan;Baker Books,1998).
pages 1-27, 178-199
D.M. Lloyd-Jones. “Romans: Chapters 3:20-4:25”
(Michigan;Zondervan Publishing House,1970). pgs.23-38
Mills,Sanford C. “A Hebrew Christian looks at Romans”
(Michigan;Dunham Publishing Company,1969). pages 76-108
young’s Analytical Concordance
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
NIV Application Commentary