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5 Stars Out Of 5
A Glorious Journey
October 14, 2014
m d. thompson
This commentary, along with the second volume covering chapters 9-16, is a glorious journey through the world of earliest Christianity. Romans is a notoriously difficult and powerful epistle. Paul poured his soul into this work. James Dunn has given us a tremendous gift, a work that is exhaustive, insightful and pastoral. He gives us the full context of Romans, covering the technical points of Greek grammar, giving us the cultural peculiarities Paul's world, and setting Romans in its time and place. His technical and scholarly observations are balanced with wonderfully insightful explanations. I particularly enjoy his cautionary advice that we be wary of reading 20th and 21st century understandings into Paul's epistle. Sometimes it is best to let the epistle speak for itself. I have many commentaries on Romans that I use in my ministry and in my studies. Dunn's is one of the best.
I recently acquired 5 commentaries on Romans.This particular commentary is the most used and most recommended. Full of information you will NOT get in other commentaries. The amount of quality information and insight is top notch. The vocabulary of Dunn isn't difficult, it is easy to read or at least to me it is.I'm a pastor of a small Baptist Church and I'm getting ready in the very near future start a series of sermons from Romans 6, 7 and 8. This commentary has proved to be the one I've used the most in preparation.I would have given 5 full stars and this hasn't anything to do with the book, but FedEx is a joke.
This is an excellent commentary on Romans, and having both volumes of Dunn's work has caused me to be a new fan of his. He has made this important Pauline letter accessible to readers in a remarkable manner. Just his explanations of the third chapter of Romans makes the volume worth purchasing.While Cranfield's work on Romans is often lauded by others as the best, Dunn's work deserves to be considered at the top of the list as well. I highly recommend the series on Romans by James D. G. Dunn!!