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The Message of Romans: God's Good News for the World (Bible Speaks Today) Paperback – July 1, 2001
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Serving as a pastor for over 25 years, I have either taught or preached through Romans on several occasions. As I was sharing my plans to tackle Romans yet another time, my good friend ( a fellow pastor with degrees from Moody, Dallas, and Trinity) said, "Ed, you have to get Stott's commentary. It is the best. I just did Romans and bought Stott's when I was half-way through. Wish I had it the whole time." Since my pal hesitates making recommendations and does not inflate matters, I knew it had to be good. I took my friend's word and was not disappointed. It was better than I imagined. Much better than Hodge, Lenski, Newell, and a host of others. Not tedious or tangent-prone like some of the mega-sets.
Stott is first and foremost an interpretter. He addresses possibilities and then draws his conclusion. He is solid, conservative, believes in sovereign grace, and truly seeks to understand the original intent of the author. His purpose is to interpret correctly, not to twist texts to fit an agenda.
He is thorough yet not tedious; understandable but not simplistic; concise, but not cold. The commentary is 406 pages (not including the study guide at the end), but the print is large and easy on the eye. The many Scripture references are footnoted at the bottom of each page (making them easy to find), as are other references, but they take up little space at the bottom. There are no tedious explanatory notes footnoted; all you need is in the text itself.
If you are a Bible-believing Christian, this volume is the one to get.
Some positives on this book include:
Instead of giving the typical break at 1:15 & 1:16, like most commentators, Stott explains it like this:
Vs 14 I am bound
Vs 15 I am eager
Vs 16 I am not ashamed
(1:16 & 17 state the theme of Romans, but Stott splits 16 off and matches it to the end of the previous paragraph. This fresh view makes one think. I believe that is one of Stott's great assets). So he is unique and has some really good things to say. It's worth reading. It is great for preaching ideas. However, many times he gives a view that flows from one perspective of theology on a verse, with no hint or cue that there are other views that may differ from him. Sometimes his perspective is not really taken seriously by contemporary scholars-yet Stott fails to even mention there are opposing views. So he can have a bit of eisegetical theology mixed into his exegesis. For this reason, I totally disagree with the reviewer who said something like if you could only own one commentary on Romans that this was the one to get. It probably should be number three or four in a list of priorities-not number one, at least for exegetical work.
At one point he brings Calvinistic terminology into a simple use of the term law, attempting to suggest an exegetically exotic view. More careful commentaries, like Moo on Romans reject his approach as difficult to support.Read more ›
The book is a treasure trove of good thoughts for preachers of the Romans to consider. It is highly recommended.
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I have several commentaries on Romans, and have taught it several times. This is my absolute favorite commentary on Romans, and John Stott is my absolute favorite commentator. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert Slone
Very good commentary own Romans I have read a lot books about Romans and this will be my go to from now own. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the most psychologically prepared works on Romans that I have ever read. John Stott explains every detail of every verse of every chapter with simplicity and language that... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Dr Stott is true theologian. His exegesis prescribes his theology rather than his theology prescribing his exegesis.Published 7 months ago by Wesley May
It's John Stott of course it's 5 stars! Great read! and reference book.Published 7 months ago by Dianna Andrews
The author goes deep into the meaning of this book of the bible. Doing a study on Acts? This is the book for you!Published 7 months ago by Bob