Adam vs Jesus in poetry

Posted: November 17, 2011 by J in Bible

I’ve felt pretty unsure for a long time about how we interpret Paul on Adam and Jesus in Romans 5, second half. It’s a pretty important passage cause it’s pretty much the only passage we get the doctrine of original sin from. In particular, the Reformed doctrine of  Adam’s guilt imputed to us.

I wonder how you feel about that doctrine?

In the spirit of The Grit, I’d like to take another look at this key passage.

My first concern from an exegetical point of view is that no one seems to acknowedge it’s poetry. Paul has written a poem about the great victory of Jesus’ work over Adam’s work.

I thought it might be a good start to translate it as a poem. Here’s my attempt at Romans 5:15-21:

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