Introducing Romans: Critical Issues in Paul's Most Famous Letter  -     By: Richard N. Longenecker
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Introducing Romans: Critical Issues in Paul's Most Famous Letter

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2011 / Paperback

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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

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 490
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802866190
ISBN-13: 9780802866196
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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.

Larry Hurtado
-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."

Stephen Westerholm
-McMaster University
"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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    Does what it says, but perhaps needs updating
    June 1, 2011
    Ross Royden
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    I was quite excited to see this book as I have read and used Richard Longenecker's works with profit in the past. This one is intended as an examination of introductory issues in preparation for a major forthcoming commentary on Romans in the NIGTC series.

    Longenecker covers all the major issues and does a good job of introducing the various interpretative possibilities as well as giving his own take on them. In this, the book does what it says in the title.

    I do have a few problems, though. First, it is at times somewhat repetitive. A point will be made and then, a few pages later, made again often in precisely the same words. Secondly, Longenecker keeps repeating that an issue will be dealt with in 'a proposed forthcoming commentary' or using some such phrase. Each time this is expressed as if it is the first time the reader has been made aware of the proposed work.

    These are both small points, but they perhaps suggest that the book was written in sections over a period of time without proper final editing. After reading the section on orality in Romans, I wondered whether the book had been dictated to a modern Tertius who wrote it down, but did not tidy it up!

    More seriously, is that this book gave me the impression that it should have been published in the late nineties. There are very few books or articles referred to or listed in the biographies from the past decade.

    I would, however, recommend this book. I am looking forward to the proposed exegetical commentary it heralds. I just hope that the Commentary itself feels a bit more up to date.
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