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Encountering the Book of Romans: A Theological Survey

ISBN: 9781441254429

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In Encountering the Book of Romans, Douglas Moo guides students through the ancient letter to the Romans against the backdrop of contemporary debates concerning just how Paul in general and Romans in particular should be read.

Moo begins his study with a clear, concise, and helpful survey of the two broad contemporary options for understanding Romans: the “Reformation approach” and the “new perspective approach.” He encourages students to decide which approach best fits with the actual teaching of the letter, and as a help in this process, often indicates how the two opposing views would interpret key texts.

After laying the contextual groundwork for reading Romans, Moo leads readers through the weighty argument of this significant book, highlighting key themes and clarifying difficult passages. Throughout, he also helps students to see the continuing relevance of Romans.

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Key Features

  • Focus boxes addressing ethical/theological concerns
  • Highlight essays isolating key issues
  • Learning objectives and a chapter outline
  • End-of-chapter study questions, review questions, and chapter summaries

Praise for the Print Edition

[Moo] attempts to take more technical arguments of his commentaries and put them into layman’s terms in order to inform the college level student. This goal is achieved in part by the format of the book and in part by the clear concise writing of Moo . . . A good starter into Romans . . .

—Craig Smith, Anvil

Most students find they need initial help in getting to grips with Romans. Moo guides his reader surely through the meanders of an often difficult argument, writing clearly and with a good command of his subject. Since his target is the Christian student, the style is inclusive and on every page the reader is invited to make personal application of Paul’s message. The result is a book that both warms the heart and engages the mind.

—Gordon Campbell, Themelios

Product Details

  • Title: Encountering the Book of Romans: A Theological Survey
  • Author: Douglas J. Moo
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 240

About Douglas J. Moo

Douglas J. Moo (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is Blanchard Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the author of several books, including: Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Letter to James.

Douglas J. Moo

Dr. Douglas J. Moo, professor of New Testament, teaches at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. For over twenty years, his ministry was based at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. His academic interests revolve around the interface of exegesis and theology.

Dr. Moo seeks to model to students a rigorous approach to the Greek text that always asks the “so what” questions of ultimate significance and application. The Pauline and General Letters have been his special focus within the NT canon. In the next few years, he will be writing commentaries on Galatians and Hebrews, a Pauline theology, and a theological and practical book on creation care.

He has also been active in his local church, serving as elder most years, teaching and preaching to the church, and conducting home Bible studies. Also very rewarding has been his service on the Committee on Bible Translation, the group of scholars charged with revising the text of the NIV and with producing the TNIV.

He and his wife, Jenny, have five grown children.


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  1. Raymond Sevilla
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  3. Bill Shewmaker
  4. G. Jorge Medina
    Since the 2nd edition (2014) is already out. I fail to see why this resource is still being sold at a premium price. Even with the "March Madness" discount this edition is not worth it. Shouldn't they have discounted the 2nd edition, instead?
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  7. Phillip J. Long
    Moo is well-known to students of the book of Romans, having written a commentary on Romans in the Wycliffe series (Moody, now out of print), a major commentary on Romans for Eerdmans (NICNT, 1996) and the NIV Application Commentary volume on Romans for Zondervan (2000). In addition he has written numerous journal articles on aspects of Romans, both exegetical and theological. He has also written commentaries on James and Colossians/Philemon in the Pillar New Testament Commentary series (Eerdmans), and his Galatians commentary is due this fall in the Baker Exegetical Commentary series. His NICNT volume is excellent! Like other books in this series, Encountering the Book of Romans is designed to be used in a classroom. The chapters are brief and divided into clear sub-units. Each chapter begins with clear objectives (“after reading this chapter you should be able to….”) The chapters conclude with study questions that could be used for writing assignments for a class on Romans. Key terms are listed at the end of a chapter and appear in bold in the body of the text. Like most textbooks, there are numerous text boxes scattered throughout the book that give additional information or connect the text of Romans to larger questions of Pauline theology. The book is divided into six parts, beginning with some basic orientation to the study of Paul. The first three chapters discuss briefly the impact of the New Perspective on Paul on the study of Romans. For the most part, Moo does not depart from the standard conservative view on the origins of the Roman church and the situation for Paul’s writing of the letter. For Moo, the letter is written in A.D. 57 from Corinth, just prior to his return to Jerusalem to deliver the Collection. Paul’s intention is to prepare the way for a potential ministry trip to Spain. The church of Rome was founded by Jewish believers who perhaps first heard the Gospel at Pentecost, but many of those Jewish believers were expelled from Rome by Claudius. While some Jews have returned to Rome, the churches Paul addresses are primarily Gentiles, especially God-Fearing Gentiles. Moo contrasts the “classic” view beginning with Luther with the recent critique of that status quo by E. P. Sanders, but more important for Romans, James Dunn’s Word Commentary on Romans. Moo states that most scholars find Sanders’s view of first century Judaism accurate (p. 25), but the New Perspective goes too far when they reduce the gospel in to only a “people of God” issue. For Moo, Romans 1:16-17 is “basically about the restoration of the individual sinner’s relationship to God” (p. 28). Moo describes his approach as a “modified reformation approach,” although he does attempt to show how both side approach any given text or issue in Romans. Moo says that “The reader should know that I have taken a mildly critical stance toward the new perspective in this volume” (p. 28). But this book does not vilify the New Perspective. For Moo, there is still much to be learned from Dunn. Moo is not able to interact with N. T. Wright’s commentary on Romans (in the New Interpreter’s Bible), which was published the same year as this book. As an introduction to the book of Romans, this book is an excellent choice for undergrad classes and a good choice for graduate classes. I have posted a more detailed review on my blog:
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