Does the rabbinic tradition have a concept of original sin? This article first gives an overview of the view in the rabbinic tradition of the origin of evil and original sin. Next, it gives a thorough treatment of the apostle Paul's idea of original sin by examining Romans 5:12-21, Romans 7:7-25, and 1 Corinthians 15:20-22.
The argument of the apostle Paul in Romans 5:7 forms the focus of the study. The author considers the possible difficulties of verse 7. He argues that the verse can be divided into two clauses: 7a, "for scarcely will anyone die for a righteous man," and 7b, "though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die." The recent history of interpretation of this verse is surveyed and a possible understanding of verse 7 is offered.
According to Bird, the central issue in current discussions with regard to the doctrine of justification is the topic of the imputation of the righteousness of Christ. Bird wants to, in dialogue with the main protagonists, seek a solution that corresponds with the biblical evidence. He first offers a short history of the doctrine of imputed righteousness since the Reformation.
Was Adam a true historical human being, from whom all mankind descended? This question is posed as a result of scientific findings. Looking at Romans 5:12-19 and 1 Corinthians 15:21-22, the author answers this question by showing that failure to accept the historicity of Adam alters the biblical teaching on sin and salvation.
This article shows that prosperity gospel has twisted God's word, and is actually not gospel at all since it promises what God did not promise. Working from Romans 5:3-5, the author shows that the true gospel message is suffering now and glory later. This was the pattern of Christ's life and this is the pattern of His followers, because through suffering God's works out in us the character which He desires.
This article shows how the link to the covenantal heads constitutes the antithetical view to life. Individuals are connected either to the first Adam or the second Adam - Christ Jesus. This connection shapes the practice of apologetics for Christians. The author discusses the antithesis from Romans 5:12-21.
This article is a Bible study on Romans 5:12-21.
This article is a Bible study on Romans 5:6-11.
This article is a Bible study on Romans 5:1-5.
With a view towards Roman 3:1-8, Romans 5:1-5 and Romans 8:28-39, this article shows how understanding God as Lord, Saviour and Spirit is crucial to dealing with the questions around the evil and suffering in this world. This understanding helps to encourage believers to trust and rely on the righteousness and goodness of God.