In this volume of the Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament, respected New Testament scholar Frank Matera examines cultural context and theological meaning in Romans. This commentary approaches each text in its final, canonical form, proceeding by sense units rather than word-by-word or verse-by-verse. Each sense unit is explored in three sections: introductory matters, tracing the train of thought, and key hermeneutical and theological questions. Graduate and seminary students, professors, and pastors will benefit from this readable commentary, as will theological libraries. This commentary, like each in the Paideia series, approaches each text in its final, canonical form, proceeding by sense units rather than word-by-word or verse-by-verse. Each sense unit is explored in three sections: (1) introductory matters, (2) tracing the train of thought, (3) key hermeneutical and theological questions.
Matera’s commentary focusing on God’s saving righteousness revealed in the gospel is a lucid exposition of Romans. A great gift not only to students but also to seasoned interpreters of Paul.
—Michael J. Gorman, professor of New Testament, St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore
Matera wisely distills and dispenses the massive scholarship on Romans. Students will find here an excellently organized, clear, and substantial description and discussion of this important and complex letter. Matera’s personal passion for Paul’s magnificent convictions in Romans energizes this fine introductory commentary.
—L. Ann Jervis, professor of New Testament, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
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Rev. Frank J. Matera, (PhD, Union Theological Seminary), serves as pastor at St. Mary's in Simsbury, CT. He previously taught at St. John's Seminary in Boston then taught at the Catholic University of America where he was Andrews-Kelly-Ryan Professor of Biblical Studies. His previous books include commentaries on Galatians and 2 Corinthians, as well as New Testament Theology: Exploring Diversity and Unity.
Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament approaches each text in its final, canonical form, proceeding by sense units (pericopes) rather than word-by-word or verse-by-verse. Thus, each commentary follows the original train of thought as indicated by the author instead of modern artificial distinctions. Using this approach, one is able to grasp not only the exegetical-historical information of a passage, but also follow a coherent theological expression throughout. Additionally, this series is enormously helpful and practical through its usage of small visual presentations of historical, exegetical, and theological information. Highly user friendly, this is a great resource for college students, pastors, or those who want to take their Bible study to another level.
The Paideia series explores how New Testament texts inform Christian readers by: