Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Paul's Letter to the Romans: A Commentary

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Paul's Letter to the Romans: A Commentary

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Paul's Letter to the Romans: A Commentary. By Arland J. Hultgren. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011. ISBN-10: 0802826091. ISBN-13: 978-0-80282609-1. xxvii & 804 pages. Cloth. $60.00.

Lutherans tend to think of Paul's letter to the Romans as their book, but a "Lutheran" reading of Romans has been under attack in recent years from the "new perspective on Paul" and the emphasis on reading Romans in the light of social issues in the Roman house churches. The seasoned Lutheran scholar Arland Hultgren in this major new commentary seeks to recover a fully theological reading, one very congenial to Martin Luther's theology. In debates about the meaning of Romans, much depends on whether you think Paul wrote primarily to address actual issues among the Roman believers or primarily out of his own concerns. Hultgren takes the latter approach; Romans is a discourse on Paul's theology intended to overcome any worries the Roman Christians might have about supporting an apostle with a bad reputation in some quarters of the church. …

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