Dissertation Abstract

Andy Naselli —  May 14, 2010 — 7 Comments

In my last post, “Dissertation Defended,” I wrote, “I’ll share the abstract in a forthcoming post.” Here it is:

Doctoral Student: Andrew David Naselli
Dissertation Mentor: D. A. Carson
Dissertation Title: Paul’s Use of Isaiah 40:13 and Job 41:3a (Eng. 41:11a) in Romans 11:34–35

This dissertation examines the use of Isa 40:13 and Job 41:3a (Eng. 41:11) in Rom 11:34–35. Its structure generally follows the six-step approach used in Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (ed. G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson; Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007). It addresses

    1. the NT context of Rom 11:34–35 [ch. 2]
    2. the OT context of Isa 40:13 and Job 41:3a [chs. 3–4]
    3. textual issues in Isa 40:13, Job 41:3a, and Rom 11:34–35 [ch. 5]
    4. relevant uses of Isa 40:13 and Job 41:3a in Jewish literature [ch. 6]
    5. Paul’s hermeneutical warrant for using Isa 40:13 and Job 41:3a in Rom 11:34–35 [ch. 7]
    6. Paul’s theological use of Isa 40:13 and Job 41:3a in Rom 11:34–35 [ch. 8]

    It concludes that when Paul quotes Isa 40:13 and Job 41:3a, he includes their larger OT contexts, which reveal a remarkable typological connection between the two OT passages and the end of Romans 11. The three rhetorical questions in Rom 11:34–35 communicate three of God’s characteristics that correspond to his ways in salvation history, and each carries simple and profound theological implications. By quoting Isa 40:13 and Job 41:3a in Rom 11:34–35, Paul typologically connects Isaiah 40 and Job 38:1–42:6 with Romans 9–11 in order to exalt God’s incomprehensibility, wisdom, mercy, grace, patience, independence, and sovereignty.

    7 responses to Dissertation Abstract

    1. Put me down for a copy of that when it is inevitably published. That sounds like great fun!

    2. JK [Jonathan King] May 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm

      Just saw this. Well done! Congratulations, Andy. I’ve made myself a note to read it when it’s available.

    3. Congratulations again! I’m looking forward to reading it!

    4. Thanks Andy for publishing your abstract. Congratulations on your second PhD. Also put me down for a copy when it is published. Now, I’m curious, where do you stand on the entity of Israel and her future since this passage is a doxological capstone to Paul’s elaboration of God’s righteousness in His sovereign dealings with the nation. Thanks for your reply, and your teaching ministry.

    5. Thanks, David. I think that Romans 9—11 teaches that God has future salvation-historical plans for ethnic Israel.

    6. Erik Turkelson May 31, 2010 at 9:53 pm

      Wow, I’ve just been working on memorization of Romans 11:33-36. My Aunt Jean referred me to your blog. I think I’ll have to tune in. :D I’m a first year seminary student.

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