Paul’s Letter to the Romans has proven to be a particular challenge for commentators, with its many highly significant interpretive issues often leading to tortuous convolutions and even “dead ends” in their understanding of the letter. Here, Richard N. Longenecker takes a comprehensive look at the complex backdrop of Paul’s letter and carefully unpacks a number of critical issues, including:
- Authorship, integrity, occasion, date, addressees, and purpose
- Important recent interpretive approaches
- Greco-Roman oral, rhetorical, and epistolary conventions
- Jewish and Jewish Christian thematic and rhetorical features
- The establishing of the letter’s Greek text
- The letter’s main focus, structure, and argument
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- Examines the authorship and integrity of Paul’s letter to the Romans
- Focuses on the background and context of the letter
- Discusses the contents of Romans itself
- Part One: Important Matters Largely Uncontested Today
- Author, Amanuensis, and Involvement of Others
- Occasion and Date
- Part Two: Two Pivotal Issues
- Part Three: Conventions, Procedures, and Themes
- Greco-Roman Oral, Rhetorical, and Epistolary Conventions
- Jewish and Jewish Christian Procedures and Themes
- Part Four: Textual and Interpretive Concerns
- Establishing the Text
- Major Interpretive Approaches Prominent Today
- Part Five: Focus, Structure, and Argument of Romans
- Focus or Central Thrust of the Letter
- Structure and Argument of the Letter
Praise for the Print Edition
Introducing Romans, a kind of introduction-ahead-of-time to Richard Longenecker’s forthcoming commentary on Romans, is a major achievement in its own right, the fruit of at least fifty years of scholarship on the apostle Paul and on Romans in particular. It can stand alone as an indispensable handbook for anyone venturing to write a commentary of one's own or for anyone who wants to teach or understand that classic letter. Above all, Longenecker succeeds admirably in putting the many issues surrounding Romans in the broadest possible historical context, encompassing not just recent fashions but the legacy of centuries. Seasoned scholars and beginning students alike have every reason to be grateful.
—J. Ramsey Michaels, professor emeritus of religious studies, Missouri State University
Longenecker addresses here the major questions about this intriguing letter, setting out his own views cogently and clearly, with fairness and respect for those with whom he disagrees, and drawing upon decades of research and reflection. Reasonable, clear, well-informed, and instructive in every chapter, this extensive introduction to Romans deserves a place in any scholarly collection on Paul's most-discussed letter.
—Larry Hurtado, emeritus professor of New Testament language, literature, and theology, University of Edinburgh
A veteran interpreter of Paul here takes on issues—some perennial, some of more recent focus—important for understanding Paul’s weightiest letter. Students will find this to be an informed introduction to a host of crucial subjects; as a handy reference work, the book merits a place on the shelves of scholars as well. Warmly commended for both!
—Stephen Westerholm, professor, McMaster University
This extended introduction to Romans is in effect the first installment of Dick Longenecker’s forthcoming major commentary on the epistle, and publishing it separately has enabled him to deal more comprehensively with the issues than in any existing commentary. . . . I warmly commend it and look forward eagerly to the publication of the commentary whose harbinger it is.
—I. Howard Marshall, emeritus professor of New Testament exegesis, University of Aberdeen
- Title: Introducing Romans: Critical Issues in Paul’s Most Famous Letter
- Author: Richard N. Longenecker
- Publisher: Eerdmans
- Publication Date: 2011
- Pages: 518
About Richard N. Longenecker
Richard N. Longenecker is professor emeritus of New Testament at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. His many books include The Christology of Early Jewish Christianity and The Message and Ministry of Paul.