In preparation for his volume on Romans in the New International Greek Testament Commentary, Longenecker has provided students of Paul's most influential epistle a prolegomena and guide to the most critical issues Romans poses for modern interpreters. In doing so Longenecker clearly and precisely shapes the questions his upcoming commentary will address.
To this end, Introducing Romans: Critical Concerns in Paul's Most Famous Letter
provides a comprehensive look at the complex backdrop of Paul's letter and carefully defines a number of critical issues, including:
- Authorship, integrity, occasion, date, addressees, and purpose
- Important recent interpretive approaches
- Greco-Roman oral, rhetorical, and epistolary conventions
- Jewish and Jewish Christian thematic and rhetorical features
- The establishing of the letter's Greek text
- The letter's main focus, structure, and argument
J. Ramsey Michaels
-Missouri State University
"Introducing Romans, a kind of introduction-ahead-of-time to Richard Longenecker's forthcoming commentary on Romans, is a major achievement in its own right, the fruit of at least fifty years of scholarship on the apostle Paul and on Romans in particular. It can stand alone as an indispensable handbook for anyone venturing to write a commentary of one's own or for anyone who wants to teach or understand that classic letter. Above all, Longenecker succeeds admirably in putting the many issues surrounding Romans in the broadest possible historical context, encompassing not just recent fashions but the legacy of centuries. Seasoned scholars and beginning students alike have every reason to be grateful.
-University of Edinburgh
"Longenecker addresses here the major questions about this intriguing letter, setting out his own views cogently and clearly, with fairness and respect for those with whom he disagrees, and drawing upon decades of research and reflection. Reasonable, clear, well-informed, and instructive in every chapter, this extensive introduction to Romans deserves a place in any scholarly collection on Paul's most-discussed letter."
"A veteran interpreter of Paul here takes on issues some perennial, some of more recent focus important for understanding Paul's weightiest letter. Students will find this to be an informed introduction to a host of crucial subjects; as a handy reference work, the book merits a place on the shelves of scholars as well. Warmly commended for both!"
I. Howard Marshall
-University of Aberdeen
"This extended introduction to Romans is in effect the first installment of Dick Longenecker's forthcoming major commentary on the epistle, and publishing it separately has enabled him to deal more comprehensively with the issues than in any existing commentary. . . . I warmly commend it and look forward eagerly to the publication of the commentary whose harbinger it is."
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