Lexham Press is excited to provide another title in the popular High Definition Commentary Series, the volume on Romans! Dr. Steve Runge, author of Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament and High Definition Commentary: Philippians, offers exceptional commentary and original teaching slides that enable you to accurately communicate the message of Romans. This volume emphasizes the main points of Romans in clear language, and provides custom graphics to help you communicate more effectively.
Organized into preachable portions of Scripture and featuring over 100 custom graphics, Romans is perfect for sermons, Bible studies, and small groups. Using principles of linguistics and Biblical exegesis, Dr. Runge illuminates the key principles and overall message of the book of Romans. This commentary not only helps you identify the big ideas of a passage, it gives you custom slides that you can export right into sermons and Bible studies. Dr. Runge provides applicable and approachable examples throughout, making clear every-day connections between ideas in Romans and practical living. The High Definition Commentary: Romans is a one-of-a-kind Bible teaching tool, and only available from Lexham Press.
“Based on Paul’s exposition in the following verses (see 1:18–32), he wants them to understand that the gospel message of salvation and restoration is not some new thing; instead it has been part of God’s plan all along. He drives this point home in 1:2, characterizing the gospel as something God had announced through the prophets centuries earlier. Paul uses Old Testament quotations throughout his letter to reinforce this point.” (Page 12)
“It is not just a matter of having committed sins; the presence of sin in the world and in our flesh has destroyed God’s intended purpose for creation.” (Page 20)
“Pay attention to where the wrath is focused. It’s not revealed against people—even though we are the cause—but against all our ungodliness and wickedness.” (Page 24)
“The gospel is not just the power of God for salvation; it also reveals God’s righteousness.” (Page 20)
“That Jesus was fully man, descended from David, is critical for understanding how He was able to conquer the power of sin. Verse 4 highlights another important aspect of His nature: being God’s Son. What proof is offered? Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is a declaration by the Holy Spirit of His divine Sonship.” (Pages 12–13)
Steve Runge is not only one of the pioneers of discourse analysis of the Greek New Testament, but he is also a pioneer of a new type of New Testament commentary: one that is built on the rigorous observations of discourse analysis, and yet is packaged in a very accessible manner to be used by anyone wanting a helpful guide through the text. Alongside informed and insightful handling of the Epistle to the Romans, this commentary includes helpful images, illustrations, and applications, all of which will benefit preacher and general Bible reader alike.
—Constantine R. Campbell, PhD, associate professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Romans can be daunting for students. What is Paul saying and how do we understand it? We can be thankful to Runge for providing us with a discourse analysis of the letter which is accessible to the ordinary person. The many slides in the book also assist us in grasping what Paul is up to in the letter. Runge’s work on Romans will be helpful to scholars, preachers and teachers, and students of the scriptures.
—Tom Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, associate dean, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Steve Runge presents a learned and helpful study of Paul’s letter to the Romans. It is a visually stimulating work where Paul’s thoughts are literally mapped out in front of you. Runge successfully shows the reader how Paul’s argument in the letter is put together on one block after another. It is a great tool for anyone who is serious about teaching Romans!
—Michael F. Bird, PhD, University of Queensland, lecture in theology at Ridley College
Steve Runge has a Doctor of Literature degree in biblical languages from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, supervised by Christo Van der Merwe. He currently serves as a research associate affiliated with the department of ancient studies at the University of Stellenbosch.
In preparation for his doctoral research, Steve completed several years of study in the linguistic fields of pragmatics and discourse grammar. This culminated in attending a workshop on discourse analysis offered by SIL/Wycliffe Bible Translators, facilitated by Stephen H. Levinsohn. He has also earned a Master of Theological Studies degree in biblical languages from Trinity Western Seminary in Langley, BC, and a BA in speech communication from Western Washington University.
Steve has served as a visiting professor teaching Greek discourse grammar at Knox Theological Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Northwest Baptist Theological College, Trinity Western University, and Associated Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS) while completing his education. He is very active in the church. He and his wife were married in 1990. They have two daughters, and live in Bellingham.