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Downs, David J.


The Offering of the Gentiles. Paul’s Collection for Jerusalem in Its Chronological, Cultural, and Cultic Contexts. Foreword by B. Gaventa.


Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2008; Grand Rapids u. a.: Wm. B. Eerdmans 2016. XV, 204 S. = Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament. 2. Reihe, 248. Kart. EUR 59,00; US$ 35,00. ISBN 978-3-16-149607-3 (Mohr Siebeck); 978-0-8028-7313-2 (Eerdmans).


Ksenija Magda

David J. Downs’ Offering of the Gentiles examines Paul’s peculiar mention of the collection in Romans 15:16 to show that church fund­raising is more than a human charitable obligation. While it may not be immediately eschatological, the economic considera-tion of the faithful poor adds to the common worship of God and replicates God’s act of grace in the lives of his followers.
This relatively short, well written and well-structured 165-page study is based on D.’ PhD thesis at Princeton Theological Seminary. It is divided into three explanatory chapters which work towards a conclusion entitled »The Collection as an Act of Worship«. D. shows that »the offering of the Gentiles« is not a genitive of apposition (i. e. that the Gentiles are Paul’s offering to ...

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