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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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[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
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.