Paul's Letter to the Romans: Pillar New Testament Commentary [PNTC]Colin G. KruseWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2012 / Hardcover$37.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
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The Geeky Calvinist5 Stars Out Of 5A Wonderful Addition to the PNTCOctober 23, 2017The Geeky CalvinistQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Pauls Letter to the Romans, written by Colin G. Kruse and published by Eerdmans, is one of the well written modern commentaries on this book of the Bible. Pauls Letter to the Romans is the most recent volume of the Pillar New Testament, edited by D.A. Carson, a series which is synonymous with superior scholarship and excellent exegesis, and this volume continues this legacy. Kruse is no stranger to studious commentaries series on scripture yet this is his first foray into the Pillar New Testament Commentary series. This work is an updated volume to the previous entry written by Leon Morris. While Morriss volume was fantastic, Kruses volume interacts more with modern scholarship while being more thorough in its approach and aim to scholarly pastors.
Pauls Letter to the Romans begins with the typical study into the introductory matters of this book of the Bible, yet while introductions are common; this introduction is atypical of most commentaries. It is not that this work doesnt dive into history and recent scholarship, which Pauls Letter to the Romans does a phenomenal job of, rather, it is the thoroughness that Kruse takes with these introductory matters which makes this commentary atypical. In a day where these matters are either glossed over to get to the exegesis of the text or are so cumbersome that they become useless, Kruse has found a good balance in being thorough, communicating depth and attention to recent scholarship, all without losing the forest in the trees.
In reference to the commentary on the text of this Epistle, Kruse takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while sprinkling practical application to the reader throughout the textual commentary. With regard of recommending Pauls Letter to the Romans, to others I would wholeheartedly recommend this commentary to students of scripture, with one caveat. By this I mean I recommend this work to Pastors, Scholars, Bible Teachers, Bible College Students, and Seminary Students, there is enough scholarly weight to this text to understand a particularly issue in the text while giving aid to pastors in preaching the text. The caveat is to the lay person who is looking for a commentary to read as a devotional, while a basic knowledge of Greek is not needed for understanding Pauls Letter to the Romans, it is helpful and would not be suitable for devotional reading. There are many commentaries about the book of Romans available at this moment but Pillars New Testament commentary Pauls Letter to the Romans, is a step above the herd.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Eerdmans Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
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Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5One of the Best!June 1, 2017Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is one of the finest scholarly commentaries that balances its discussion to maintain great value for pastors available today. In replacing Leon Morriss volume in the vaunted Pillar New Testament Commentary series, which was a favorite for many of us, this volume had better be good. Even with that pressure, this book lived up to expectations. Its thoroughly conservative, carefully written, readable, and persuasive. Somehow it covers all the bases and does so succinctly in only 600 pages for the incredibly profound Book of Romans.
The Introduction is superb. It makes complex subjects understandable. It begins with historical background that puts Rome, Roman Christians, and Paul in appropriate context. He well explains the purpose of Romans and what scholars have thought on the subject. He gives conservative conclusions on authorship, date, and the integrity of the text.
He gave a thoughtful summary on the New Perspective of Paul that is as good as Ive seen. He writes respectfully and yet cant hide the utter weakness of that viewpoint. From there, he transitions to a fine discussion of theological themes. He sees Father, Son, and Spirit pervading Romans and concludes that the gospel of God comprehensively conceived is the heart of Romans.
The commentary itself has punch. I couldnt agree with all his classic reformed viewpoints, but his tone, scholarly scope, and accessibility is a joy. As an added bonus, you will find numerous weighty Additional Note sections.
This book is a top commentary on the vital Book of Romans available today. Put it in the must-have category.
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