What joy finally to get to express my scholarly frustrations of these many years. I enjoyed a few remarks on D. A. Carson last week. Today it's Mark Seifrid's turn in a footnote. I'm really going to enjoy writing this book on Hebrews!
"Mark Seifrid argues that Paul must be speaking of himself autobiographically because his “I” in Romans 7 emerges from a “we” in which he included himself (Justification by Faith: The Origin and Development of a Central Pauline Theme [SNT 68; Leiden: Brill, 1992], 148). This argument seems somewhat circular. Individuals like Stendahl do not believe that Paul included himself psychologically in the “we” of verses like 7:5 but theologically. Obviously Paul must include himself because he is a human being, but this fact does not mean that he resonated experientially and psychologically with that inclusion. That an “I” representing humanity theologically would emerge from a theological “we” is completely coherent."