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.
Paul's letter to the Romans is like Mount Everest in its grandeur and beauty. How fitting it is, then, for one of the deans of New Testament scholarship, Richard Longenecker, to present his interpretation of the letter in this magisterial commentary. All the virtues of Longenecker's work are evident here: in-depth exegesis, careful evaluation of the literary and historical setting of the letter, and consideration of the letter's message for readers today. Interpreters of Romans are indebted to Longenecker and will want to consult his work regularly.
-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
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