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|Title: Romans: A Theological and Pastoral Commentary|
By: Michael J. Gorman
Number of Pages: 350
Publication Date: 2022
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound 6 ounces
Stock No: WW877628
"Above all, Romans is a letter about Spirit-enabled participation and transformation in Christ and his story, and thus in the mission of God in the world."
This commentary engages the letter to the Romans as Christian scripture and highlights the Pauline themes for which Michael Gorman is best knownparticipation and transformation, cruciformity and new life, peace and justice, community and mission. With extensive introductions both to the apostle Paul and to the letter itself, Gorman offers background information on Pauls first-century context before proceeding into the rich theological landscape of the biblical text.
In line with Pauls focus on Christian living, Gorman interprets Romans at a consistently practical level, highlighting the letters significance for Christian theology, daily life, and pastoral ministry. Questions for reflection and sidebars on important concepts make this especially useful for those preparing to preach or teach from Romansthe "epistle of life," as Gorman calls it, for its extraordinary promise that, through faith, we might walk in newness of life with Christ.
Richard B. Hays
"Michael Gorman is that rare scholar of eminent distinction who is willing to read the Pauline letters as Christian scripture. His approach is ecumenically sensitive, appealing to what Protestants and Catholics hold in common. And his analysis reprises the great themes for which he is justly famous: participation, cruciformity, transformation, and mission. Widely accessible, this commentary will be useful (on the one hand) to scholars, teachers, and preachers, and (on the other) to interested lay readers."
Franciscan University of Steubenville
"Michael Gormans commentary on Romans is an accessible and enriching journey into Pauls most important letter. Gorman offers a cogent and compelling approach to the letter, full of great insights and details, in order to help pastors and students come to grips with Pauls most famous text. This is Gorman at his exegetical best!"
Michael F. Bird
Ridley College, Melbourne
"As one expects from Michael Gorman, this commentary is theologically rich as well as spiritually inviting and edifying. It is accessible and practical yet well-informed. Aware of debates and engaging controversial questions, where necessary, Gorman remains characteristically generous and Christ-focused."
Craig S. Keener
Asbury Theological Seminary
"Gorman christens Pauls letter to the Romans the epistle of life, a message of Gods saving grace that creates multicultural, cruciform communities in Christ. Gormans conversational style, accessible interpretations, and penetrating reflections unlock Pauls message, inviting readers to participate in Gods missional work to pursue peace and justice in the church and among all peoples."
Lynn H. Cohick
"Michael Gorman reads Romans as a manifesto about participating in the life of God. The audience for this accessible commentary, like Pauls original audience, is the community of believers, not just scholars. Since Gorman reads Romans as Christian scripture, we encounter the letter as a living document for the church today, and he leads us to encounter and embody Gods grace in Christ and through the Spirit."
Ben C. Blackwell
Houston Theological Seminary
"This commentary is a splendid example of one of todays leading Pauline scholars engaging Romans as Christian scripture. Although geared toward students rather than scholars, it is thoroughly informed by recent scholarship on Paul and his first-century context. It offers an exceedingly clear and accessible participationist reading of Romans that is theologically, pastorally, and missionally insightful. Its helpful introduction to Pauls life and theology and frequent summaries that help its reader not to lose sight of the forest for the trees make this the ideal classroom commentary. It will be on my Romans syllabus for the foreseeable future."
Nazarene Theological Seminary
"Michael Gormans commentary on Romans shows why he is recognized as one of the most distinguished Pauline scholars in America today. Written for a wider audience, it explains the pastoral, theological, and spiritual dimensions of Pauls most important letter for the church of our day. Eminently readable, always insightful, this commentary accomplishes what few have done: it makes Pauls message accessible and relevant to the lives of everyday believers."
Frank J. Matera
The Catholic University of America
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