Baptism & Cognition in Romans 6-8: Paul's Ethics beyond 'Indicative' & 'Imperative'

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2.No.407

Baptism and Cognition in Romans 6–8

By: Samuli Siikavirta
December 2015
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9783161540141
228 Pages
$117.50 Paper original


Baptism is a Christological event, which he also used in his ethical argument with Paul. In the debate about the relationship between the theology of Paul and his ethics, the terms 'indicative' and 'imperative' have been used for Wernle and Bultmann often. The ensuing debate has shown that these terms are problematic not only because of their rigidity and ambiguity. Samuli Siikavirta focused in this study on Romans 6-8, the key text for the interplay of Paul's theological and ethical conceptions. He leads the discussion back to the point that he sees as central to this relationship: the baptism and their knowledge. Both basic concepts are examined before their Jewish and Stoic background. Death in sin, bondage to God, holiness and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit are all as essential components of Taufstatus seen, which is to be considered profoundly Christological and less symbolic. The cognitive language of Paul is considered in the light of his endeavor, his readers to remember who and whose they are by their baptism.