The Epistle to the Romans

The Epistle to the Romans

The Epistle to the Romans

The Epistle to the Romans


Douglas Moo's work on the Epistle to the Romans is part of The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Prepared by some of the world's leading scholars, the series provides an exposition of the New Testament books that is thorough and fully abreast of modern scholarship yet faithful to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God.


With this volume a new day has dawned for this series of commentaries. Not only is it the first volume (not counting my own Philippians) to appear under the third editorship of the series, but it is also the first among several of the new and/or replacement volumes that represent a younger generation of evangelical scholars, thus signaling in part the “coming of age” of evangelical scholarship at the end of the present millennium.

Dr. Moo, for many years a teacher at the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Illinois) and editor of the Trinity Journal, brings to this commentary the rigors of a first-rate exegete who is equally concerned for the theological and practical implications of the text of Romans. in his “Author’s Preface,” he details the happy circumstances by which his (now completed) commentary became a part of the present series.

But if this volume in some ways inaugurates a new day for the series, it also has some strong ties to the past. This series began in a context of evangelical theology that was also decidedly within the Reformed tradition. It is therefore fitting that the replacement commentary on Romans in particular, originally written by John Murray (professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary), should be written by someone whose theological sympathies lie in this direction. Although it will be clear to the perceptive reader that Dr. Moo has struck an independent course at many significant places (most notably with his interpretation of 7:7-25), he has nonetheless here articulated a (more traditional) view of Romans that is not notably popular among Romans specialists these days. in so doing, he has put everyone in his debt with his careful and clear articulation of this view, and with his equally knowledgeable and gracious interaction with those who take different views. and his careful work on the details of the text, which made it such a joy to edit, also makes it a “must” commentary for those who want to get at the meaning of this crucial Pauline letter.

Gordon D. Fee

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