When in Romans: An Invitation to Linger with the Gospel according to Paul
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When reading the book of Romans, we often focus on the quotable passages, making brief stopovers and not staying long enough to grasp some of the big ideas it contains. Instead of raiding Paul's most famous letter for a passage here or a theme there, leading New Testament scholar Beverly Roberts Gaventa's When in Romans is a tour de force that invites us to linger in the apostle's letter to the Roman church. She asks that we stay with the letter long enough to see how Romans reframes our tidy categories and dramatically enlarges our sense of the gospel.
Containing profound insights written in accessible prose and illuminating references to contemporary culture—from Terrence Malick's film Tree of Life to songs by Bruce Springsteen—this engaging book explores the cosmic dimensions of the gospel that we read about in Paul's letter. Gaventa is eager that we see all of life through Paul's eyes, particularly on those overriding issues of salvation, identity, ethics, and community. As she guides scholars and laypersons alike through the book of Romans, Gaventa demonstrates that the gospel is far larger, wilder, and more unsettling than we generally imagine it to be.
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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"This is a book the church has long needed. Professor Gaventa pulls back the thin veneer of familiarity to introduce us to the high drama in Paul's Letter to the Romans. Her writing is both scholarly and accessible, ancient and contemporary, theological and pastoral."
—M. Craig Barnes, president, Princeton Theological Seminary
"From the beginning of the Christian era until the present day, Paul's Letter to the Romans has been the source of revolutionary rethinking. Nowhere do we come closer to the radical heart of the gospel. The universal and cosmic notes of the Pauline symphony are sounded in this book by one of our most esteemed interpreters of the apostle's letters. Beverly Gaventa has written a book for ordinary parish clergy and laypeople that is fun to read and full of spicy references to popular culture, and that will jolt readers into a new appreciation for the great apostle and his unique place in the history of Christian theology."
—Fleming Rutledge, author of Not Ashamed of the Gospel: Sermons on Romans and The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ
"No one makes Romans come alive quite like Beverly Gaventa. In this highly accessible but provocative book—aimed at a wide Christian audience—she challenges our domesticated construals of Paul's gospel with a vision of God's comprehensive saving agency. If the starting point and the primary subject matter of the letter is not us but God, we are suddenly liberated from our excessive anxieties about ourselves, the church, and 'ethics.' Here are 3-D lenses to see Romans, the gospel, and the reality of God's grace, power, and mystery in a new and exciting way."
—John M. G. Barclay, Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, Durham University
joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female2 Stars Out Of 5GOD made RomeOctober 20, 2016joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2This book is written by a bunch of College students and a Professor, and it treats or writes to you exactly like that - and I understand it but not a lot of people will and who wants to be treated like a college student when you are the reader of a book that you are wanting to learn about GOD. You want to be taught but with feeling and love and taught like a friend - someone talking to you at a kitchen table. Not someone who uses phrases like, "Augustine of Hippo around 390 ...." or like "We know the Purple Passages:" well to be honest - I have talked to people and people do not know what the "Purple Passages." This is just in the beginning of the book. I did not want to go any further. It felt too pious and too preachy. They of course wrote it very well and for someone who is into reading deep into the Scriptures and I do mean going deep - then this is the book and it is a great book but only for those who are Christians who have been Christians for a long time not for one who is a brand new Christian. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.