'Submitting to' and 'Subjecting to' Authority: A Comparative Study of Romans 13:1 and 1Peter 2:13


A cursory reading of Romans 13:1 and 1Peter 2:13 shows that they are talking about the same issue – recognizing, showing honour and respect for people in authority. However, a deeper study of the texts shows that even though the talk about the same issue, the contexts in which they were written differ, thus a study of the contexts gives deeper insights that help to understand the texts. The study is limited in the sense that the chosen texts are not full pericopies (full units of discussion) – Romans 13:1-7 and 1Peter 2:13-17. The study which focuses on the initial verses of the pericopies aims at studying the phrases “submission to” and “subjecting to “ authority, to find out whether they are the same. The study found that in the case of Romans 13:1, the grammar shows that the people were to submit to authority voluntarily, but in 1Peter 2:13 the people were forced by circumstances to submit to authority. This study is significance in that it has inescapable implication for political education, especially Christian state-relations.


Kuwornu-Adjaottor, J.E.T(Department of Religious Studies , Lecturer , jkadjaottor@yahoo.com )


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Article published in Global Advanced Research Journal of Social Science, GARJSS, vol. 1(6) pp 101-105, 2012

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