In Paul's Letter to the Romans
Arland Hultgren engages the text of Paul's letter using careful theological exegesis in conversation with scores of contemporary biblical scholars and the major issues defining interpretation of this seminal New Testament book today.
The commentary proceeds pericope-by-pericope with each receiving a fresh translation, brief technical notes on text and translation, a short summary-style "General Comment" (excellent for quick reference to Hultgren's interpretation of the passage), and a longer section called a "Detailed Comment" which combines all of the information necessary for Hultgren to provide a thoroughly worked out interpretation of the passage in conversation with other scholars. Following his work on each pericope, Hultgren provides a bibliography for that specific passage making it very easy for students, scholars, and pastors to idenify secondary resources immediately germane to specific pericopes in the epistle.
Thus, Hultegren's commentary works for those who wish to access interpretations of passages in Romans quickly, as well as for those who wish to engage in careful conversation with each passage and the issues surrounding it. In addition to scholarship generally, Hultgren also pays close attention to translation often comparing several English versions to discern which provides the most accurate readings, and to unearth just what it is that Paul is getting at in Romans.
Along the way Hultgren also establishes the theological message of the letter taking a Traditional Protestant view of Paul's teaching on "justification by faith" while showing the essentially forward-looking, missional character of Paul's letter - written, as Hultgren suggests, to introduce Paul-the-theologian to Roman believers and inspire their support for his planned missionary efforts in the Western Mediterranean.
Finally, Hultgren also provides seven appendices on the following contemporary debates:
- Appendix 1: The "Righteousness of God" in Paul
- Appendix 2: Romans 1:26-27 and Homosexuality
- Appendix 3: Pistis Christou: Faith in or of Christ?
- Appendix 4: The Imagery of Romans 3:25
- Appendix 5: The Text of Romans 5:1
- Appendix 6: The Identity of the "I" in Romans 7
- Appendix 7: The Church as the Body of Christ in the Letters of Paul
- Appendix 8: House Churches and Communities in Rome
This thoughtful commentary, ideal for pastors and serious students of the Bible.Key Perspectives
- Commentary Type: Semi-Technical
- General Perspective: Traditional Lutheran ("Old-Perspective" on Paul)
- Audience: Scholars, pastors, and students
- Scripture: Inspired
- Theological Tradition: Lutheran
- Knowledge of Hebrew and/or Greek is helpful but not required
On the heels of Arland Hultgren’s successful commentary comes a new volume exploring one of the most significant theological documents ever written. In this commentary Arland Hultgren engages the text of Paul’s Letter to the Romans using careful theological exegesis in conversation with scores of contemporary biblical scholars. Hultgren walks readers through the letter verse-by-verse, illuminating the text with helpful comments, probing into major puzzles, and highlighting the epistle’s most inspiring features. He also demonstrates the essentially forward-looking, missional character of Paul’s letter written, as Hultgren suggests, to introduce Paul-the-theologian to Roman believers and inspire their support for his planned missionary efforts in the Western Mediterranean. This thoughtful commentary, ideal for pastors and serious students of the Bible, includes seven appendices that discuss in detail such hot button issues as Romans 1:26-27 and Homosexuality” and Pistis Christou: Faith in or of Christ?”
Arland J. Hultgren is Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. Among his books is The Parables of Jesus: A Commentary.
Arland Hultgren’s commentary on Romans is well researched and clearly written, his arguments concise and generally persuasive. There are fresh insights aplenty. For instance, his exegesis of Romans 14:115:13 provides a provocative solution to the issue of who the strong’ and the weak’ were by convincingly arguing that there is diatribe at work in this paraenesis. Pastoral sensitivity abounds. For example, his exegesis of Romans 1:26-27 in the commentary proper and in his appendix on that passage takes full account of ancient and contemporary contexts and terminology and challenges long-standing views. This gem of a commentary will stimulate the minds and warm the hearts of many a teacher, preacher, and pastor.”
Robert J. Karris, O.F.M.
St. Bonaventure University