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Encountering the Book of Romans: A Theological Survey (Encountering Biblical Studies) Paperback – December 1, 2002
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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.
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Moo’s commentary is considered an undergraduate text. At 230 pages, Moo’s commentary is less lengthy than Forlines’ commentary, which is 381 pages, or Worthington’s commentary totaling 421 pages. Nonetheless, this would be expected for a basic theological survey of the Epistle to the Romans. Douglas J. Moo has several books and commentaries concerning the Book of Romans and I plan to purchase one of them in the near future.
In the Publisher’s Preface, the purpose, guiding principles, goals, overarching themes, and features are summarized. The publisher states, “Rather than providing a sustained exegetical analysis of each verse in the Book of Romans, this volume surveys the entire book with an emphasis on drawing out its theological message and its practical significance for collegians. The publisher also notes the “Encountering Series” is designed for college freshmen in general, Romans is "intended for upper-level collegians.”
Each chapter begins with a brief outline and objectives. Each chapter, for the most part, ends with study questions and key terms. There are seven parts for a total of 19 chapters with each part containing between two and four chapters with an average of three chapters per part.Read more ›
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It's a required textbook for accreditation class and, over all, it was pretty good. There were some Calvinistic items that I didn't necessarily agree with but I definitely pulled... Read morePublished 11 months ago by D. Owens
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 16 months ago by Mark Loves Kindle Books
Easy read and very insightful. It's a great beginner introduction book.Published 19 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 on February 4, 2014 by Kesmy