The Greek word gar occurs 144 times in Romans and 1,041 times in the entire New Testament. However, many instances of this connective defy easy definition, and the English translation for is often inadequate, obscuring the clue that gar gives to the direction of the communicator's thought. In this ground-breaking work, Sarah H. Casson argues that gar offers vital guidance to the coherence of Romans. The book applies the cognitive approach of relevance theory to show how gar functions as an indispensable guide for tracing the significant points of Paul's argument, helping resolve questions about the coherence of sections, as well as smaller-scale exegetical problems. The work engages with key debates regarding the purpose of Romans and challenges some recent influential interpretations. Features include: an exegetically useful understanding of the connective gar; a new method for determining Paul's audience and reason for writing; a challenge to recent key debates and influential interpretations of the purpose of Romans. -- from book description, Amazon.com.