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Romans [With CDROM] (Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary)

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Written by caring and accomplished scholars with all students of Scripture in mind, this innovative series makes quality Bible study more accessible. Pastors, professors and students of Scripture are discovering that this commentary provides wonderful new tools for enhancing interpretation: informative sidebars, a wealth of fine art visuals, and a searchable CD containing the digital version of the entire work. Romans was written to deal with the particular historical problem of the relations between Jewish and Gentile Christians in Rome. The function of Paul's gospel was to unify these two, while its content was a theology that placed Jew and Gentile on an equal footing, both in their sin and in their salvation. Sometimes a modern situation corresponds to Paul's original one. In such a case, Romans speaks directly. Most of the time, modern situations are different from those in Paul's time. Romans still speaks. Although the content of Romans was elaborated in a particular cultural context, its applicability goes far beyond the original milieu, as Christian history has amply demonstrated. Distinguished biblical scholar Charles Talbert's volume leads readers into the biblical world of Paul's Letter to the Romans, while at the same time it seeks to open our ears to the lasting truth of God's word for today.


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Product Details

  • Series: Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary (Book 24)
  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Smyth & Helwys Publishing (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573120812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573120814
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Craig Stephans VINE VOICE on December 10, 2008
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Talbert approaches Romans as a theological document that is counter to moralism and subjectivism found in today's religious culture. Talbert provides extensive background references to illustrate the context and milieu of the writing of Paul's letter to the Romans. He describes the philosophical, religious and cultural settings of the letter and the climate of the church in Rome to which the letter was written. Talbert does not comment verse by verse but approaches sections of the letter at a time and elaborates on all things relating to it. He provides both sides of the debates when it comes to some of the paradoxes and the tension in Romans and offers his opinions on preferred readings when their are conflicts.

For each section of Romans, Talbert offers connections to contemporary issues and relevant applications to individual lives or the church.

I think this perspective on Romans provides a full, rich background to the book, citing numerable non-canonacal writings. It serves as a helpful complement to other commentaries to follow more of a verse by verse approach and neglect some of the wider considerations. But that is not to say that this book does not stand by itself as a commentary on Romans. It would help any reader better understand Romans and gain greater insights from Romans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Tankersley on July 30, 2013
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Talbert's commentary does contain some helpful cultural and theological analysis. For example, when examining Romans 1:1 and the New Testament passages that reference "slaves," Talbert writes: "When he [Paul] exhorts slaves who have become Christians and have a possibility of obtaining their freedom to remain in the calling to which they have been called, Paul is merely asking that they remain Christians when they become free. Seen in this light, Paul is not ethical reactionary but an ethical progressive. He stands not for an hierarchical status quo but for improvement of human circumstances when that is possible" (49). That's a very helpful way to approach those verses.

There are also scores of helpful images of art pertaining to ideas within the scripture and/or commentary.

However, on the whole I felt that Talbert's commentary lacked anything new to add to the conversation of scholarship on Romans. There are probably much better resources to assist with sermon prep, teaching a Bible study, or academic writing. I would recommend: Luke Timothy Johnson, Ben Witherington III, or N.T. Wright.
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