Catholic Dictionary

Term

ROMANS, EPISTLE TO THE

Definition

Written by St. Paul at Corinth about A.D. 58, when he was about to leave for Jerusalem at the end of his third missionary journey. He was on his way to Rome. It is the only Pauline letter addressed to a church that the apostle had not personally founded, preparing the people for his visit to them. He dwells on the justification of humankind through faith in Jesus Christ, the sinfulness of the world, the meaning and fruits of justification, what faith is, and that its fruits are humility, obedience, unity, and charity. Christ, the second Adam, has more than compensated for the sin of the first Adam.