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The Letter of Paul to the Romans (Cambridge Bible Commentaries on the New Testament) Paperback – February 1, 1967
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Best wrote the book under review early in his career; the Cambridge Bible Commentaries are notable for the number of their authors who, as did Best, went on to distinguish themselves in biblical studies. The audience for the series, based on the text of the New English Bible, was seen to be teachers, young people, and the general reader--"the commentators have been asked to assume no specialized theological knowledge, and no knowledge of Greek and Hebrew." (p. v)
Within these limits, Best provides a distillation of the New Testament scholarship extant in the mid-Sixties of the last century. He succeeds in making Paul's longest and most theologically intricate letter accessible to the intended audience. For instance, his handling of the predestination aspects of Romans 9 (pp. 110ff.) is masterful and balanced, moving beyond his moderately liberal Presbyterian background.