The Songs and the Cries of Believers
This article brings together the perspectives of liberation theologies, feminist theologies, and the Jewish-Christian dialogue on Paul's theology. Paul is speaking about sin in the context of Jewish experiences in the Roman Empire. Paul's texts should not be read as doctrinal language. His theology is rooted in the prayer and worship of the communities of earliest Christianity. The laments that we read in Paul's letters express the life destroying power of sin and simultaneously the praise of God by those who have experienced liberation through Christ. This liberation includes being faithful to the Torah even for people who come into Christian communities from a non-Jewish religious background.