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Despite being difficult to interpret, Paul's letter to believers in Rome has played a central role in the formulation of Christian doctrine. Here Richard Longenecker offers a clear analysis that builds on the work of past commentators while remaining informed by modern-day interpreters. His exposition is critical, exegetical, and constructive, yet pastoral in its application.
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Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2016
Series: New International Greek Testament Commentary
-Thomas R. Schreiner,
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
With characteristic care, thoroughness, and insight, Richard Longenecker delivers what he promises: appreciative interaction with the interpretation of Romans over the centuries; critical, exegetical, and pastorally sensitive analysis of the text; and contextual reflections on this most influential of Paul's letters in contemporary terms. All serious students of Paul would do well to read this commentary; it will become a standard resource and guide for many years to come.
Duke Divinity School
In every generation two or three commentaries on Romans appear that define the discussion for years to come. This commentary by Richard Longenecker is just such a work. It is clearly and judiciously written and comprehensive in scope. In addition to dealing with all of the relevant ancient and modern literature on Romans, it provides a close reading of the Greek text without losing the reader's attention. Most importantly, it highlights the theological content and continuing importance of Romans for the church today. I enthusiastically recommend Longenecker's work for those who want to engage Romans seriously on an exegetical and theological level.
-Frank J. Matera,
Catholic University of America
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great CommentaryApril 20, 2016Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This volume has been highly anticipated for some time as the magnum opus of highly-respected scholar Richard Longenecker. It appears to have lived up to its billing.
In a short Preface he spells out the greatness of Romans and the challenges of its study. In a relatively short Introduction for a work of this size, he shares more of the great issues of grasping Romans. In fact, his Introduction strikes me as rather different than most. He mostly raises the great issues. He brilliantly defines what they are, but only rarely in the Introduction does he state what premise he will argue in the commentary itself. Apparently, that is the place he feels that he should answer the great questions.
The commentary proper is massive, well written, and perceptive. I studied what he said on several major passages, focusing on those that I thought were harder for a commentator. What I found was outstanding commentary. In Romans 1 he argued beautifully without falling prey to political correctness. In Romans 7 he laid out fairly the various viewpoints and then maturely outlined his position. In Romans 9-11 he handled the theological minefield with dignity and grace. The quality of coverage was constant.
Though this volume is clearly aimed at scholars, he managed to keep it where pastors could glean immensely. That is not always well done in the commentary world. He even translated more Greek than is common with this series. Though I would not agree with every conclusion he made, I constantly felt in the hands of a master as I read. This book is an exceptional commentary.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
Matt4 Stars Out Of 5Good, but SurprisedApril 12, 2016MattQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3The quality of the scholarship found here is superb and extremely valuable. However, I was extremely disappointed to discover that NIGTC changed their format for this commentary. Unlike their usual format of Translation-Bibliography-Verse by Verse Commentary on the Greek Text- and an occasional Excursus on various topics, this new volume places the Bibliography in the front of the book and follows a Translation-Textual Notes-Form/ Structure/ Setting-Exegetical Comments-Biblical Theology- and Contextualization for Today format. Why they have added a Biblical Theology and a Contextualization for Today section to this commentary series, I have no idea. In the Foreword, the aim of the commentary is given and reads "It is not their (NIGTC) primary aim to expound and apply the text for modern readers." Moreover, on the back of the book they continue to explain their aim and say, "Such thorough exegetical work lies at the heart of these volumes, which contain detailed verse-by-verse commentary."
This volume at times does not adhere to these two particular criteria. There are attempts to apply the text, and there are a couple of places where detailed verse by verse commentary on the Greek text is absent. As an example: a mere 2 and 1/2 pages of commentary are given on Romans 3:10-18 and only 4 greek words appear in all of its space within the Exegetical Comments section. Essentially, none of the Greek text of Romans 3:10-18 is addressed. While I am sure that Longnecker wrote his comments after exegeting the Greek text, it is much more difficult to see such work as compared to the other volumes in the NIGTC series, since reasons for his conclusions are unstated here. There are also a couple of places where exegetical issues are not addressed. For example, there is no guidance given on how to understand the stated protasis and unstated apodosis of Romans 9:22-23. Schreiner and Moo both conclude that the verse teaches double predestination, but Longnecker does not even interact with their exegesis, nor does he state the reasons for his particular understanding of the verse. However, these couple of examples are the exceptions, not the rule.
As I read this work, it does not always seem to be at home with the other volumes in this series. This particular volume at times seems like a cross between the NICNT and the WBC, with a side of NIVAC. The NIGTC is an amazing series and I will continue to look forward to the new volumes as they are published. I hope that NIGTC removes the Biblical Theology and Contextualization Sections. However, the Textual Notes and the Form/ Structure/ Setting sections are a welcome addition in my opinion, and I hope they remain. This volume certainly contributes to the study of Romans and although certain things are at times lacking in comparison to the other volumes in this series, other things are gained. So it certainly does not hurt to have this commentary. I would still certainly recommend this commentary, and I look forward to learning from it.