Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Systematic Theology

First Advisor

Robert Bertram

Scripture References in this Resource

Romans 8:19-22; Psalm 02:26; 1 Corinthians 7:30-31; Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:10; 1 Corinthians 15:28; Revelation 20:11; Revelation 21:1-5; Psalm 97:5; Psalm 02:26; Hebrews 1:11; Isaiah 51:6; Isaiah 34:4; Revelation 6:13-14; Matthew 24:29; Psalm 02:26-27; Matthew 24:35; Revelation 10:6; Isaiah 66:23; Isaiah 30:26; Isaiah 66:22; 2 Peter 3:13; Isaiah 60:19; Revelation 21:22-23; Revelation 22:5


The present "study of the interpretation of Romans 8:19-22" prompted by the following reasons. First, the passage is somewhat of a puzzle to the unprepared reader of the epistle to the Romans. Second, the passage has been quoted to enhance the struggle for a better world. The question arises whether such a use of the passage is legitimate. Third, the passage has become in Lutheran theological tradition the centre of the controversy on the "destruction or renewal" of the present. The need world. arises to verify whether the passage actually teaches the renovation of the world and whether it stands in necessary contradiction to the idea of a radical destruction of the world.

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