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.
“In my view, then, although Das has made the strongest case to date for a purely Gentile audience, Paul’s appeal to his audience to welcome one another as Christ has welcomed them (15:7), which precedes his description of Christ as a minister to Jews and Gentiles (15:8–9), suggests that even if Paul’s audience was composed predominantly of Gentile believers, it included some Jewish Christ-believers as well.” (Page 7)
“In my view, Paul is not speaking of the present experience of the Christian but describing the experience of those who are not in Christ as seen from the perspective of one who is in Christ. The unredeemed may not think of themselves in this way, and Paul certainly did not view himself in this way when he persecuted Christ’s followers; but in the light of Christ he sees that this is the real situation of all who are not in Christ, even if they are not aware it.” (Page 167)
“Paul’s purpose, then, is not to attack the law and circumcision but to expose the failure of those who rely on them without doing what they require.” (Page 71)
“The uniqueness of Paul’s paraenesis, then, is the way he relates it to his gospel: the justified can live in Christ, the eschatological human being, because God has overcome the power of sin that held sway over Adamic humanity.” (Page 284)
“Abraham’s most outstanding characteristic was his monotheism, which distinguished him from the idolatrous Gentiles” (Page 107)
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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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.
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