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Romans (Anchor Bible) Hardcover – September 1, 1993


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  • Series: Anchor Bible (Book 33)
  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor Bible; 1st edition (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385233175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385233170
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 39 people found the following review helpful By James Doerfel on December 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Joseph Fitzmyer is a foremost Roman Catholic figure the latter half of this century. His New Testament scholarship and exegetical/historical prowess is rightly world-renowned; and his two volume set on Luke is a 5 star commentary. Fitzmyer, living up to his reputation, gives a scholarly and penetrating treatment of the text of Romans; and, to his credit, ends up sounding more like Luther and Calvin than the council of Trent. Nevertheless, Fitzmyer is a good Catholic, and, though shrouded at times by his meticulous and forthright treatment of the text, his Catholicism can be discerned at times to the critical reader. One wonders if his Catholic commitments keep him from delving deeper into the riches of this extraordinary epistle. But at certain points Fitzmyer is very perceptive and his exegesis enlightening.
As a part of the Anchor Bible, Fitzmyer's Romans is highly critical and scholarly--not intended for the uninformed or novice in Biblical studies. Among the critical Romans scholars Fitzmyer is probably not at the very head of the list (Cranfield is the best), but he's a well-recongized scholar whose well worth the read.
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As always, Fitzmyer provides a thorough discussion of every element of his topic, this time it's the letter to the Romans, while still being incredibly readable. He also approaches his subject with an open mind, no agenda detected here.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Truth seeker on August 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Fitzmeyer shows that the Roman Synagog's theologians are finally coming to their senses. He confirms that all the Daikai language is legal forensic, declarative. Romans 8:1 condemnation is a legal judgment, not a statement about nature. Paul never intended AQuinas and Aristotle's lifelong ontological treadmill of human works in justification. Justification is always past tense in the new testament and he spends three books saying it is apart from works and it is by faith. He uses the righteous hero of the jews Abraham, who did many righteous deeds. But he specifically uses the chapter where Abraham simply believed the promise and was counted righteous. God counts Abraham who is ungodly(Rom:4:5) righteous apart from works by faith. The Catholics can never explain how God justifies the ungodly. Ungodly people have no inherent righteousness or justice. 2 Cor:5:21 jesus took on our sin, not ontologically but it was imputed to him and we became not inherently righteous but " the righteousness of God" Jerimiah 23 says His name will be called "the Lord is our righteousness". Luther had it right. For true believers the eschaton has been moved up to the cross, and thats why Paul says we have been justified by faith and have peace with God. And John said that we can know that we have eternal life. 1 John 5:13. The sad thing is that the Catholic does not have this assurance and he will take his works to the judgment seat and will be repudiated by God. Galations is very clear works can not have any part of justification. Cursed is anyone who dosent abide in ALL things of the Law. Paul adds the word all to the old testament reference to emphasize noone can keep the law. Catholic theologians are starting to understand that Luther rescued the apostles and the early church from the Roman hair splitting academics who worshiped Plato and Aristotle and produced what Paul referred to as another Gospel.
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