Knowing Yet Not Knowing

The Irony of the Evangel in Romans 10


  • Eko Nugroho Onggosanusi Redeemer Seminary Dallas



law, faith, righteousness, irony, gospel, unity, Romans, Romans 10, Paul, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Isaiah


Is Romans 10 simply an excursus on the need for evangelism and mission in the midst of Paul’s “doctrine of predestination”? In this article, a chiasm is identified and utilized as a framework to further analyze Romans 10. It is demonstrated that the chiasm lends itself to accentuate the epistemological irony of Israel’s response to the gospel. Despite the glory of the gospel that was proclaimed in the Hebrew Bible, the majority of the Jews in Paul’s time remained in ignorance as they missed the hermeneutical key to understanding the Mosaic Law, namely, “Christ is the goal of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” Rather than an excursus within Paul’s doctrinal discourse, Romans 10 is the climax of the irony of Israel as the most privileged people who failed in their hearing and understanding.


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Author Biography

Eko Nugroho Onggosanusi, Redeemer Seminary Dallas

Eko Onggosanusi (Eko Ong) is a Master of Divinity student at the Redeemer Seminary Dallas (expected graduation: May 2015). His main interest and desire for further study are in biblical studies especially the New Testament. Currently a caretaker of an Indonesian fellowship in Dallas and serving in the Anglican community, he also holds a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (granted in December 2000) and is currently a director at Samsung Research America-Dallas.


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2014-07-30 — Updated on 2014-07-30

How to Cite

Onggosanusi, E. N. (2014). Knowing Yet Not Knowing: The Irony of the Evangel in Romans 10. Indonesian Journal of Theology, 2(1), 1-22.