Paul's Letter to the Romans: A Commentary

Paul's Letter to the Romans: A Commentary

Paul's Letter to the Romans: A Commentary

Paul's Letter to the Romans: A Commentary


On the heels of Arland Hultgren's successful commentary comes a new volume exploring one of the most significant theological documents ever written. In this commentary Arland Hultgren engages the text of Paul's Letter to the Romans using careful theological exegesis in conversation with scores of contemporary biblical scholars. Hultgren walks readers through the letter verse-by-verse, illuminating the text with helpful comments, probing into major puzzles, and highlighting the epistle's most inspiring features. He also demonstrates the essentially forward-looking, missional character of Paul's letter -- written, as Hultgren suggests, to introduce Paul-the-theologian to Roman believers and inspire their support for his planned missionary efforts in the Western Mediterranean. This thoughtful commentary, ideal for pastors and serious students of the Bible, includes seven appendices that discuss in detail such hot button issues as "Romans 1:26-27 and Homosexuality" and "Pistis Christou: Faith in or of Christ?"


Paul’s Letter to the Romans is inspiring, challenging, and often puzzling. the primary purpose of a commentary on Romans should therefore be to walk with the reader through the letter, illumining the text with helpful comment, giving detailed attention to major puzzles where necessary, and — hopefully — not diminishing those features of the biblical book that are inspiring and challenging.

Few books of the Bible have received more comment and scholarly analysis than Romans. That makes the research and writing of a commentary on it a daunting task, requiring the author to search through previous work to the extent possible and helpful. Inevitably the research will be selective.

While working on the present volume, I had to make some major decisions. the first had to do with the amount of detail that I should give to various sections and specific verses within the letter. What may have seemed obvious to me will inevitably receive lighter treatment than those portions that are more difficult to figure out. But I had to make judgment calls, and what may seem obvious to me may not be as clear to the reader. Another major decision I had to make had to do with balance. How is one to balance descriptive work, analytical work, documentation, summation, and theological engagement? in the present commentary I have attempted to involve all of those concerns and more. To be sure, that is true of other commentaries as well. But more than is typical of some, this commentary gives sustained attention to the theological claims of the letter. That is justified by the sheer fact that Romans is one of the most important theological documents ever written.

There are many commentaries and studies of Romans, each of which has it own approach. Many interpreters hold that in this letter Paul takes on live issues within the house churches in Rome, seeking to create a more peaceful situation there by his intervention as an apostle. Moreover, a number of them regard . . .

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