In Romans, St. Paul Quoted & Themed Heavily from the Book of Wisdom

C

oncerning the Catholic Bible, which was canonized at the Council of Rome in 382 AD, Protestants often object to our use of the Septuagint for the Old Testament (which has 7 more books than the usual Protestant bible) by saying that Jesus and none of the Apostles ever quoted from it. That is absolutely false! It is a fact that the Septuagint was the Hebrew Bible used by all Hellenic Jews (those who lived outside of Jerusalem).

In the example below, the reason why St. Paul did quote and use themes from the book of Wisdom in his Letter to the Romans is because it is a book that they would have been very familiar with.

Book of Wisdom

Paul’s letter to the Romans

2:21

These were their thoughts, but they erred; for their wickedness blinded them,

1:21

for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened.

2:24

But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world, and they who are in his possession experience it.

5:12

Therefore, just as through one person sin entered the world, and through sin, death, and thus death came to all, inasmuch as all sinned

12:12

For who can say to you, “What have you done?” or who can oppose your decree? Or when peoples perish, who can challenge you, their maker; or who can come into your presence as vindicator of unjust men?

9:19

You will say to me then, “Why (then) does he still find fault? For who can oppose his will?”

12:24

For they went far astray in the paths of error, taking for gods the worthless and disgusting among beasts, deceived like senseless infants.

14:8
but the handmade idol is accursed, and its maker as well: he for having produced it, and it, because though corruptible, it was termed a god.

14:12

For the source of wantoness is the devising of idols; and their invention was a corruption of life.

1:23

and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the likeness of an image of mortal man or of birds or of four-legged animals or of snakes.

14:22

Then it was not enough for them to err in their knowledge of God; but even though they live in a great war of ignorance, they call such evils peace.

1:26-31

Therefore, God handed them over to degrading passions. Their females exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the males likewise gave up natural relations with females and burned with lust for one another. Males did shameful things with males and thus received in their own persons the due penalty for their perversity.


And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God handed them over to their undiscerning mind to do what is improper. They are filled with every form of wickedness, evil, greed, and malice; full of envy, murder, rivalry, treachery, and spite. They are gossips and scandalmongers and they hate God. They are insolent, haughty, boastful, ingenious in their wickedness, and rebellious toward their parents. They are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.

15:7

For truly the potter, laboriously working the soft earth, molds for our service each several article: Both the vessels that serve for clean purposes and their opposites, all alike; As to what shall be the use of each vessel of either class the worker in clay is the judge.

9:21

Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for a noble purpose and another for an ignoble one?

17:11

For wickedness, of its nature cowardly, testifies in its own condemnation, and because of a distressed conscience, always magnifies misfortunes.

2:15

They show that the demands of the law are written in their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even defend them

.

============================
Scripture texts in this blog are taken from the New American Bible with Revised New Testament and Revised Psalms © 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

David Gray, June 10, 2011

Please Subscribe. Thank you!

%d bloggers like this: