This commentary approaches Romans, the single most influential document in the Christian tradition, from a literary-rhetorical perspective, viewing the letter as a persuasive argument, that transforms readers through a celebration of the gospel. In discussing both Jews and Gentiles, Paul shares a vision of God who always acts inclusively. The commentary is based on a new translation of Romans by the author and it is followed by comments written in essay form. Following the comments are verse-by-verse notes on the text. Brendan Byrne, S.J., is professor of New Testament at Jesuit Theological College, within the United Faculty of Theology, Parkville, Melbourne, Australia. He obtained his doctorate from Oxford University and in 1990, Pope John Paul II named him a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission.
<While widely acknowledged as the single most influential document in Christian history, Paul's Letter to the Romans has also attracted the most comment. Standing at the head of Paul's writings in the New Testament and so eloquently delivering his Gospel, Romans has presented Paul to generations of readers: from Augustine in the fifth century, through the Reformation era, down to the present day.</p> <p>This commentary adopts a literary-rhetorical approach, viewing the letter as an instrument of persuasion designed to transform readers through a celebratory presentation of the Gospel. Reflecting upon the fate of Jews and Gentiles, Paul wins his audience to a Vision of a God who always acts inclusively. The God who, in the person of Israel's Messiah (Jesus), has acted faithfully to include the Gentile peoples within the community of salvation, will not fall to see to the eventual inclusion of Israel as well. In the victory of grace displayed already in the risen humanity of Jesus, the original design of the Creator for human communities and for the world begins to come true.</p> <p>The interpretation of Paul's letter to Rome has accompanied and stimulated the path of Christian theology down to today. <i>Romans</i> touches upon virtually al main issues of Christian theology, as well as presenting a rewarding introduction toPaul. Byrne facilitates full access to Paul and his Gospel through the letter, allowing Christians today to hear his voice as intelligibly and powerfully as it has spoken to past generations.</p>
Brendan Byrne, SJ, is a professor of New Testament at Jesuit Theological College, within the United Faculty of Theology, Parkville, Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Romans (1996) from the Sacra Pagina series, Galatians and Romans (2010), A Costly Freedom: A Theological Reading of Mark's Gospel (2008), Lifting the Burden: Reading Matthew's Gospel in the Church Today (2004), and Life Abounding: A Reading of Johns Gospel (2014), published by Liturgical Press.
This is a lucid, major commentary on Romans.
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