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Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture: Romans

ISBN: 9781493411375

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In this addition to the successful Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (CCSS) series, Scott Hahn, a bestselling author and a leading Catholic interpreter of Scripture, examines Romans from within the living tradition of the Church for pastoral ministers, lay readers, and students alike. The CCSS relates Scripture to Christian life today, is faithfully Catholic, and is supplemented by features designed to help readers understand the Bible more deeply and use it more effectively in teaching, preaching, evangelization, and other forms of ministry. Supported by leading Catholic scholars as well as popular Bible teachers, the series offers a unique level of commentary for Catholic students of the Bible. Its attractive packaging and accessible writing style make it a series to own—and to read! Drawn from the best of contemporary scholarship, series volumes are keyed to the liturgical year and include an index of pastoral subjects.

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Key Features

  • Implements the exegetical and theological principles taught by Vatican II for interpreting texts in light of the whole of Scripture and the Church’s faith
  • Written for preachers and teachers of the Word and for lay Catholics interested in studying the Bible
  • Distinguished by a theological and pastoral hermeneutic rather than a focus on technical questions
  • Shows the relationship of Scripture to Catholic doctrine, worship, and daily life
  • Employs ordinary English that does not require “translation” for preaching and catechesis
  • Written in an engaging style that can be read for spiritual nourishment and personal study


  • Illustrations
  • Editor’s Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction to Romans
  • Structure and Outline
  • The Messiah and the Gospel of Salvation (1:1–32)
  • The Judgment and the Law of God (2:1–29)
  • Judgment on Sin and Justification in Christ (3:1–31)
  • The Faith and Fatherhood of Abraham (4:1–25)
  • Reconciliation in Christ the New Adam (5:1–21)
  • New Life and Liberation in the Messiah (6:1–23)
  • The Law of Moses and the Law of Sin (7:1–25)
  • The Law of the Spirit and the Love of God (8:1–39)
  • God’s Faithfulness to Israel (9:1–33)
  • Israel’s Response to the Gospel (10:1–21)
  • God’s Mercy for All (11:1–36)
  • A New Way of Worship and Life in Christ (12:1–21)
  • Faithful Citizenship and Fulfillment of the Law (13:1–14)
  • The Weak and the Strong in Rome (14:1–23)
  • Paul’s Final Appeal and Future Plans (15:1–33)
  • The Conclusion to Romans (16:1–27)
  • Suggested Resources
  • Glossary
  • Index of Pastoral Topics
  • Index of Sidebars

Praise for the Print Edition

Scott Hahn has written a masterful commentary on Romans that is theologically insightful and pastorally relevant. While dealing adeptly with the historical and literary background of Romans, he always keeps the focus on its theological content and meaning for our lives. I recommend Hahn’s work to all who want to discover the powerful message of Paul’s great Letter to the Romans.

—Frank J. Matera, professor emeritus, Catholic University of America

Scott Hahn’s commentary on Romans is lucid, penetrating, theologically alert, and a joy to read. It will be of interest to both scholar and non-scholar alike. His status as one of the most prominent Catholic converts from Protestantism makes his treatment of this great Pauline text, which was of such significance to Luther and the other Reformers, of particular interest.

—Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles

Scott Hahn has written an informative, elegant, and learned commentary on Romans. The exegesis is crisp, the explanations are clear, and the judgments are consistently sensible. One of the best commentaries available on Romans from within the Catholic tradition. A treat to read and a treasure to hold.

—Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia

For four decades, Scott Hahn has joyfully studied, debated, preached, taught, and lived Paul’s Letter to the Romans. No biblical book is closer to his heart, with the result that the vibrant wisdom of this commentary exceeds that of commentaries many times its size. Judicious in its sifting of the scholarly literature, profound in its handling of sensitive Jewish-Christian themes, and powerful in its proclamation of the gospel, this deeply Catholic commentary will find a notable place among his most enduring and influential books.

—Matthew Levering, James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary

In this excellent volume, Scott Hahn takes what is arguably the most difficult book in the New Testament and certainly the most complex of Paul’s writings—the Letter to the Romans—and explains it clearly and convincingly. The result is both an accessible verse-by-verse commentary and a sometimes groundbreaking contribution to Pauline studies. The sidebars on patristic and medieval interpretation of controversial passages are by themselves worth the price of the book. If you are looking for a deeply exegetical and robustly Catholic perspective on Romans, then look no further.

—Brant Pitre, professor of Sacred Scripture, Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans

Scott Hahn has written an understandable commentary with clear reasons for his interpretation of key questions in Romans. He has his eyes fully open to the issues that have challenged readers for two millennia, and he engages the reader’s mind and heart in order to sound the letter’s message more clearly to the Church today. Hahn’s Romans commentary is worthwhile reading for laypeople, clergy, and academics.

—Mark Reasoner, Marian University Indianapolis

Scott Hahn’s commentary on Romans is based on current historical studies within biblical scholarship, but he also regularly converses with theologians from throughout the centuries. Accordingly, exegetical positions are built on interaction with ancient sources such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and Josephus, but theological discussions engage a wide range of voices such as Origen, Augustine, Aquinas, the Catechism, and Pope Francis. Since it is Catholic in perspective and ecumenical in spirit, all will be rewarded for attending to this volume.

—Ben C. Blackwell, assistant professor of Christianity, Houston Baptist University

  • Title: Romans
  • Author: Scott Hahn
  • Series: Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 2017
  • Logos Release Date: 2017
  • Pages: 336
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. N.T. Romans › Commentaries; Catholic Church › Doctrines
  • ISBNs: 9781493411375, 9780801036781
  • Resource ID: LLS:CATHCOMM66RO
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-11-19T16:54:55Z

Scott Hahn (born October 28, 1957) is a contemporary author, theologian, and Catholic apologist. His works include Rome Sweet Home and The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth. He currently teaches at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Catholic university in the United States.

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