Douglas Moo begins this study with a clear, concise, and helpful survey of the two broad contemporary options for understanding Romans: the"Reformation approach"and the "new perspective approach,"pointing out that how one approaches the book inevitably affects how one interprets it. He encourages students to decide which approach best fits with the actual teaching of the letter, and as a help in this process, often indicates how the two opposing views would interpret key texts.Moo goes on to address other introductory matters that are necessary for understanding Romans--the first-century context, the situation in Paul's life as well as the situation in the lives of his readers. Other items discussed include the theme (the gospel of Jesus Christ), purpose (to help Roman Christians understand their place in the flow of salvation history), and structure of Romans.
An engaging and user-friendly survey of the Book of Romans
Douglas J. Moo (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) is Blanchard Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the author of several books, including commentaries on Romans, James, 2 Peter, and Jude.
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