Romans 12.4–8: One Sentence or Two?
Talbot School of Theology
Is Rom 12.4–8 to be read as one sentence or as two sentences – do verses 12.6–8 form a different sentence from Rom 12.4–5, or does the sentence begun in v. 4 continue all the way through to the end of v. 8? One initial difficulty when considering this problem is that grammarians and commentators discussing this issue usually comment on one or two (or none) of the seven or so pertinent issues in the passage and then offer their opinion as to whether this is one sentence or two. Romans 12.4–8, however, features a number of difficult issues that must be held together in order to arrive at an adequate understanding of what Paul intends. The goal of this short study is to consider each of these issues and to argue that a one-sentence reading is the most satisfying option.
New Testament; Hermeneutics;
New Testament Studies
DOI of Published Version
Berding, Kenneth, "Romans 12.4–8: One Sentence or Two?" (2006). Faculty Articles & Research. 628.