Romans 15.18-19

N & RJ Hanscamp nar.hanscamp at
Tue Jul 13 22:46:52 EDT 1999

Mark wrote:

>NIV, RSV and NASB all translate with something like this: "I will not
>to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in
>leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done . . ."  I am
>interested in this "except" clause.  Surely the most natural reading is not
"I will
>not dare . . . except" but rather "I will not dare to speak of those things
>Christ has not done through me . . ."  Is there any justification for the


CK Barrett uses a similar transl. to yours

"For I will not dare to say anything of the things which Christ did not
carry out through me for the obedience (1.5) of the Gentiles." (*The Epistle
to the Romans.* Black's New Testament Commentaries1957. p276)

He also notes the confusion of the sentence because of all that Paul is
trying to say in it.


Nigel and Rebecca Hanscamp
Trinity Methodist Theological College
Auckland Consortium of Theological Education, New Zealand
Email: nar.hanscamp at

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