Paul's Letter to the Romans: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary [SRC]   -     By: Ben Witherington III
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Ben Witherington III exegetes Romans in this volume of his series of socio-rhetorical commentaries and offers fresh insights and a new translation of the Greek text of Romans. Demonstrating how post-Reformation interpretations have been too reliant upon Augustinian readings, he suggests studying the epistle in light of early Jewish theology, Rome's historical situation, and Paul's own rhetorical concerns. Each section of the commentary ends with a brief discussion titled "Bridging the Horizons," which suggests how the ancient text of Romans may speak to us today.

Ben Witherington III is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 480
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0802845045
ISBN-13: 9780802845047
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While Paul’s letter to the Romans is the most studied and commented-on document from the biblical period, the major exegetical books on Romans from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have been overwhelmingly shaped by the Reformed tradition. Through a careful survey of work on Romans by both ancient Church Fathers and modern exegetical scholars, Ben Witherington III here argues that the interpretation of Romans since the Reformation has been far too indebted to — and at key points led astray by — Augustinian readings of the text as filtered through Luther, Calvin, and others.

In this first full-scale socio-rhetorical commentary on Romans, Witherington gleans fresh insights from reading the text of Paul’s epistle in light of early Jewish theology, the historical situation of Rome in the middle of the first century A.D., and Paul’s own rhetorical concerns. Giving serious consideration to the social and rhetorical background of Romans allows readers to hear Paul on his own terms, not just through the various voices of his later interpreters. Witherington’s groundbreaking work also features a new, clear translation of the Greek text, and each section of the commentary ends with a brief discussion titled “Bridging the Horizons,” which suggests how the ancient text of Romans may speak to us today.

Author Bio

Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. Related "kingdom" books of his include Imminent Domain: The Story of the Kingdom of God and Its Celebration,

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Craig S. Keener
"Ben Witherington is one of the most outstanding New Testament scholars of our generation, and in this commentary on Romans he brings his usual breadth of knowledge and reverence to the text. Scholars will appreciate the fresh analysis and rhetorical insights, while the work's clear language and sensitivity to Paul's message make it ideal for general readers desiring a readable commentary. "

Christopher Bryan
"Ben Witherington's sensible, clearly written commentary is based on a sound knowledge of the first-century Jewish and Greco-Roman discourses of which Paul's letter to the Romans was a part, yet it also makes a point of addressing issues and concerns pertinent to twenty-first-century Christian life and faith. This volume should prove a valuable resource for students and preachers alike."

Christian Chronicle
"An excellent resource for those who want a scholarly, in-depth study of Romans."

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    A Great Commentary
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    Witherington is a great author and this commentary does not disappoint. It is worth the time to read.
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    A Fresh Approach to the Study of Romans
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    Ben Witherington is brilliant scholar and an engaging writer, and anything he writes is worth purchasing. While the vast majority of commentaries on Romans are written from a Calvinist-Reformed perspective, this one bucks that trend, making it all the more useful even if one disagrees with the author's conclusions. Some parts of the book get bogged down with detailed rhetorical analysis and the author's interaction with scholarly literature, but for most of the time Witherington gets straight to the point so layreaders will get a lot out of what he has to share. Each chapter ends with a "Bridging the Horizons" section that focuses on how the book of Romans speaks to us today.
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