Today’s Passage: Romans 16
The tail end of chapter 15 had Paul giving some personal notes and travel plans to his Roman readers, and here he continues in that vein with a bunch of personal greetings. A phrase in verses 3-4 jumped out to me: “Greet Prisca and Aquila…who for my life risked their own necks…” I looked it up in the Greek, and sure enough, the figure of speech is present in the original text as well as the English translation. A more literal rendering of the verb might read “put their necks on the line for me,” but I suspect this idiom has been present wherever human beings have had language and necks.
Amid the greetings and personal notes, Paul has a warning to look out for “those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned” (17), and concludes by giving God glory (25-27), but the chapter’s largely just Paul getting human. It reminds me that his writings aren’t just Doctrine Piles; they’re relational, they’re human correspondence written from one man to a particular audience. Paul knows many of the people who will read or hear his letter, and he has a few individual words to say about each of them, like “my kinsmen and fellow prisoners” (7) or “our fellow worker in Christ” (9).
I’ve got some brand-new chocolate to eat while reading. Today it’s Pascha 70% cacao dark chocolate. Per the label, it’s USDA organic and fair-trade certified, and on the back, it notes that it’s “bean to bar near the source” and has “full ingredient traceability.” It’s also free from major allergens, vegan, and non-GMO, but honestly, for the most part I could care less about that stuff. What matters to me is that it’s sourced and produced ethically, and that it tastes delicious–and Pascha scores on both fronts.
And that wraps up Romans. Tomorrow I’ll be digging into a new study in the gospels, so get ready to tune in and dig in with me.