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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.

About the Author

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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  • Series: Encountering Biblical Studies
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; Encountering Biblical Studies edition (December 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080102546X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801025464
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas J. Moo (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) professor of New Testament, Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the author of the NIV Application Commentary 2 Peter and Jude.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Berean Believer on January 19, 2010
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As a lay person who just wants to understand God's word well enough so that I can teach it to my all-ladies Sunday School class, this book was just what I needed. It went deep enough to give me a taste of what students study at a theological school but explained it well enough that I understood it easily. I am excited to learn so much historical background on Romans that it seems like I am reading it for the first time as my eyes are open to so many new ideas. Also the ladies are eating it up as they are thinking about things they may not have heard before. I can highly recommend this well-written book. I think it will be worn out by the time I finish it!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Julian on January 29, 2009
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Encountering the Book of Romans is an excellent exposition of the book of Romans. Moo does a wonderful job of explaining in plain English the intricacies of the Book. I highly recommend any believer read this commentary. The book of Romans is life changing and world changing, and this book will guide you through it. A+!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tallbass on September 5, 2011
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This book provides good, basic comments for Romans and would be ideal for a Sunday School or high school class. Personally, I wish it were written for a higher age range and were a little deeper, but it does have helpful information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jcubed on April 7, 2015
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I’m currently studying the Book of Romans and I have chosen three commentaries to assist me in my study. I have selected Encountering the Book of Romans: A Theological Survey by Douglas J. Moo, Paul’s Letter to the Romans: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary by Ben Witherington III (1), and Romans by F. Leroy Forlines (2). I have completed Moo’s and Witherington’s commentaries and I’m just starting Forlines’ commentary. Unfortunately, Forlines’ commentary was preempted by Witherington’s book The Problem with Evangelical Theology.

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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Lubitz on December 27, 2012
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Not the most complete/exhaustive book, but hits the main points and does so in an easy to follow and easy to understand way.
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By L. brill on June 1, 2015
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Good book for the middle theological student. Deep enough but not so deep you get lost. Takes concentration. Not 100% correct, but, nothing is.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ron on October 17, 2011
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This is a great resource that takes you through Romans as if it were a live documentary in somewhat of a story fashion so you feel like you are in the time frame yourself. Questions are posed in rabbinic style that forces one to think.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patience Byrd on October 24, 2013
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This book is an easy read, which is great for me because when I read the bible it not as easy for me to interpret the true meaning and this books breaks Romans down piece by piece. It's one of my favorite books now.
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