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Romans (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) Hardcover – December 1, 1998
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First, Schreiner examines Romans section by section, not verse by verse. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but if you wish to lookup a specific verse you have to read through several paragraphs (or pages!) to find the discussion on the verse. Individual verses are not marked in the text.
Second, a knowledge of Greek is most helpful. When beginning a discussion on a phrase or sentence, Schreiner writes it in Greek and then provides the transliteration and the English in parentheses. For the rest of his discussion, however, he only uses the Greek letters. Often his discussion will go on for a few pages which makes it difficult for non-Greek readers to figure out which words he is talking about. I found myself frequently flipping pages trying to find out what the word he was discussing meant. Students with an elementary knowledge of Greek should not have a problem.
Schreiner's commentary is an excellent presentation of the reformed faith. However, if you have no knowledge of Greek you are probably better off using Douglas Moo's commentary.
This is indeed a commentary you need to read "text-in-hand" and be ready to follow for paragraphs at a time. Schreiner ensures the argument is generally developed in its context.
I would say that Moo's commentary on Romans (the NICNT series) is superior, however. Schreiner's argument in Romans 9-11 seemed to me to be exactly what the Jews would have wanted Paul to say. I am a Calvinist, but I find the normal Calvinist argument (which Schreiner makes) less than satisfying. Moo's argument here is more persuasive, IMHO.
Also, from time to time, Schreiner allows his Reformed Theology to get interpreted INTO the text instead of FROM the text. Although again, I am Reformed in my theology, theology must be Biblical before it is Systemitized. In general, he avoids this. But a couple of the places where he does it are very obvious. (Romans 1:16-17 being a very good example.)
Don't get me wrong, I HIGHLY reccommend this commentary. I depth, in scholarship, and--in most places--exegesis, it is painstaking. Perhaps that is what makes the rare deficiency one sees in it the more glaring. I would just say that Moo's would be the first "advanced" commentary I would get, and THEN this one.
Another helpful feature is found in the beginning of each section, wherein the flow of though it laid out, thus enabling the reader to get a bird's-eye view of the lay of the land and the points Paul is trying to develop.
The commentary employs a good deal of Greek, and yet all words are transliterated for those who don't know it.
Theologically, Schreiner makes the case that the whole of this missionary support letter is to proclaim the supremacy of God.
Acquiring Schreiner's commentary (along with Moo's contribution in the NICNT)will have one well set on a fruitful course of study in the book of Romans.
I find that he nearly always answers the questions I am asking, and very often, makes me see things I would never have noticed without his assistance.
If you already have this work and enjoy it, you may also find his Pauline Theology, "Paul: apostle of God's glory in Christ" very beneficial. I have also greatly appreciated The Race Set Before Us, which he co-authored with Ardel Caneday.
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For something like 10 years, every time I walked into a local Christian bookstore I would see this commentary at the front of the commentary section calling to me to pick it up. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MechPebbles
Best commentary on Romans except for Moo's. Well worth purchasing. Schreiner is a very technical scholar who makes these difficult topics accessible for everyone.Published 22 months ago by Keith Thompson
Have not spent much time reading it yet, but what I have read it appears to be good sourse of information. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Carol Moffett
On the website [...], this is ranked as one of the top 2 commentaries on Romans. While I haven't read the other, so far this one has met and exceeded my hopes and... Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by Devin W. Tarr
You know commentaries are large books with a wealth of information because this commentary is available to kindle or e-readers it makes the load lighter.Published on March 5, 2013 by D.Gilchrist
I have barely used the commentary thus far, but for the topics I have used it for it is exceptional. Read morePublished on October 10, 2011 by rom12guy
Most of the reviewers have already covered the content of Schreiner's commentary on Romans. So, instead of going back over what has already been said, I'd like to address an aspect... Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by Keith Heapes
If you are a pastor, seminarian or scholar it will greatly, greatly behoove you to avail yourself of the keen exegesis, theological and practical insight that this commentary on... Read morePublished on November 30, 2010 by Rev. J. Mann