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Throughout the history of the church, the Book of Romans has received considerable attention. In the last thirty years especially, scholars have raised questions regarding just how Paul in general and Romans in particular should be read. In Encountering the Book of Romans, Douglas Moo guides students through the ancient letter against the backdrop of these contemporary debates. Moo begins his study with a clear, concise, and helpful survey of the two broad contemporary options for understanding Romans; the ìReformation approachî and the ìnew perspective approach,î pointing out that how one approaches the book inevitably affects how one interprets it. He encourages students to decide which approach best fits with the actual teaching of the letter, and as a help in this process, often indicates how the two opposing views would interpret key texts. Moo goes on to address other introductory matters that are necessary for understanding Romans?the first-century context, the situation in Paulís life as well as the situation in the lives of his readers. Other items discussed include the theme, purpose, and structure of Romans. After laying the groundwork for reading Romans, Moo leads readers through the weighty argument of this significant book, highlighting key themes and clarifying difficult passages. Throughout, he also helps students to see the continuing relevance of Romans. He concludes, ìThe deep theology and practical advice found in Romans have as their ultimate purpose the glory of God. It is when readers of Romans seek to understand that theology and to live out its consequences that God is glorified.î As with other volumes in the Encountering series, Encountering the Book of Romans is designed for classroom use and includes a number of helpful features, including a bibliography, key terms, chapter objectives, chapter outlines, study questions, sidebars, and illustrations.
Douglas J. Moo (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) is Blanchard Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the author of several books, including commentaries on Romans, James, 2 Peter, and Jude.
Moo has written so much on Romans. But this is a very accessible work that helps the reader to understand some of the more complex issues in Romans. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mark Loves Kindle Books
Easy read and very insightful. It's a great beginner introduction book.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
This commentary is a great for a pastor and teacher to have. Moo did a great job research. I believe it worth readingPublished 21 months ago by Kesmy
Very informative and enlightening. There are only a few disagreements I have with Moo in this book, which is uncommon with todays theological writers.Published on November 3, 2013 by HW