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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; 1st Paperback Edition 1994/1st Printing edition (September 30, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802808603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802808608
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, German (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ernst Käsemann is professor emeritus of New Testament at the University of Tübingen. He has written numerous works in German, including Perspectives on Paul.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By James Doerfel on December 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
Ernst Kasemann's Romans is not for the faint of heart. His scholarship is heavy and his language is thick. A thorough knowledge of Greek and history of interpretation is advised if not prerequisite. It takes considerable effort to wade through his acumen, but it is not without signficant rewards for the scholarly reader. His notes and bibliography are extensive and helpful; and his interaction with the history of interpretation is helpful--often the key to understanding his own position.
Kasemann acknowledges Barth, Bultmann, Nygren, Calvin, and Luther as primary influences in his treatment of Romans, drawing from and amalgamating a number of interpretive traditions; but it is where he contributes his own provocative and original insights that his commenatary is most rewarding. Kasemann views the overarching theme of the book of Romans as the eschatological revelation of the righteousness of God. 'With recourse to the Kurios acclamation we may summarize the whole message of the epistle in the brief and paradoxical statement that the Son of God is as our Kurios the one eschatological gift of God to us and that herein is revealed simultaneously both God's legitimage claim on us and also our salvation.' (p. 29) Where he follows this key strand through the epistle his commenatary is wonderfully acute and compelling. But where he digresses he often ends up in a quasi-mysticist vein, compromising if not outright contradicting his original premises; and one begins to wonder if Kasemann has truly comprehended the mind of the Apostle.
Overall Kasemann's Romans is a very important exposition, historically pertinent and original. The scholarly reader, firm in his convictions, will have to sift through this book with great caution; but will find it in the end to be one of the most inspiring (and at times confusing) works on Romans of this century.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Baldwin Cook on April 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the best Romans commentary I have read. Like his many one-off articles Käsemann's Romans is a stimulating, challenging declaration. Käsemann always invites a thoughtful engagement and a push back. Unlike most of Käsemann's other writings, the commentary is not a thematic summary but a sustained spooling out of Käsemann's magisterial perspective on Paul.

You learn what you think of Paul and of his Romans letter by reading the letter beside this commentary.

You also have an opportunity to discover why you think as you do because Käsemann lays out the arguments that lead to his conclusions. A quick example - there are many on virtually every page: at Ro 8:14, Käsemann rejects the translation 'lead by the spirit' and insists that the (only?) correct translation here is 'driven by the spirit' because the phrase "is taken from the vocabulary of the enthusiasts" with K referencing I Cor 12:2.

You say you don't agree with K on 8:14? Why not? Is he wrong about the vocabulary of the enthusiasts or the reference to it here? Is he wrong to direct you to I Cor 12:2?

With Ernst Käsemann's Romans, you get more than a gentle, reassuring explication or updating of a foundational, two thousand year old letter. With Käsemann you ride shotgun to a guy who knows the track and takes the curves at speed.
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Format: Hardcover
This commentary, which has accompanied me for forty years, is indeed not for the faint of heart--as another reviewer rightly said--for Ernst Kasemann was a provocateur of the first order. When he wrote this commentary, he was working on the frontier of the rediscovery of apocalyptic, which he more than anyone brought into the foreground of New Testament scholarship. Many students of Kasemann, and many more of their students in turn, are revolutionizing NT theology. Kasemann's insights into what Paul meant by the righteousness of God will transfigure the biblical outlook of anyone with ears to hear. This commentary, when used with care, is especially valuable for preachers.
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1 of 22 people found the following review helpful By libariansdaughter on November 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Within 12 hours of my ordering the book "Commentary on ROMANS" by Ernst Käseman, I cancelled the order; I immediately emailed the seller, "rac98g" to request a cancellation. I had no idea he'd already packaged and mailed the text and said he would send me a refund asap . . . and I could keep the book! SUPER GREAT SERVICE!
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