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The Epistle to the Romans (The New International Commentary on the New Testament) Hardcover – September 30, 1996
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"This commentary displays marks of fine scholarship and practical interest. Douglas Moo shows himself to be keenly aware of theological subtleties and issues, and his work is informed by a strong sense of the history of interpretation of Romans." --Journal of Theological Studies; "This is a monumental work that can be placed among the best commentaries on Romans. If one wants to know the content of Romans, this commentary needs to be consulted... Helpful to teachers, pastors, and students." --Bibliotheca Sacra; "A commentary that will become the new standard for conservative New Testament scholars... This commentary can be used by the informed layman or the busy minister. There are few points in the Epistle that Moo does not cover. This commentary is a 'must-have' for any library or minister who wishes to study the Apostle Paul's magnum opus. This volume deserves much praise in achieving its goals as a comprehensive commentary on the Book of Romans." --The Christian Librarian
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Paul's letter to the Romans has been called "the quintessence and perfection of saving doctrine". Perhaps the most challenging and thoroughly doctrinal book of the entire New Testament, Romans deals with many issues that are basic to Christian theology and practice. In The Epistle to the Romans respected New Testament scholar Douglas Moo provides a superb study of Paul's letter to the Roman Christians and restates the enduring message of Romans for Christians today. Originally written for the Wycliffe Exegetical Commentary series, this work has been substantially expanded and adapted for the NICNT series; it now treats the entire book of Romans rather than the first half. Based on the English text but bringing into the discussion the underlying Greek at every point, this commentary focuses both on theological meaning and on contemporary significance. Moo makes a contribution to the continuing debate regarding Paul's teaching on such issues as Jewish law and the relationship between the Jews and Gentiles in the people of God. He also critically interacts with "the new perspective on Paul", highlights Romans's emphasis on "practical divinity", and traces the theme of gospel throughout the epistle.
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Moo's arguments in Romans 6-8 are cogent, thorough, and brilliant. His understanding of "flesh" in Pauline theology ought to be sent straight to the translation committee of EVERY NT translation board that has ever said (wrongly) "sarx" should be translated "sinful nature." (The NIV, anyone?)
Even on the rare occasion one ends up disagreeing with Moo's exegesis, you will understand how and why he said what he did. And, IMHO, that is the mark of a well-written commentary. He lets the text speak to him before he speaks to us. And I cannot give higher praise to a commentator than that.
However, this commentary by Douglas Moo, professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, appears to be a thorough and magnificent work on the book of Romans. Moo makes comments on both the English and Greek text of Romans. Moo's commentary on Romans seems to excel other commentaries on Romans in these three categories:
1. It has the deepest exegetical notes on the Greek text of Romans by using thousands of footnotes dealing with the Greek text.
2. It has the deepest theological explanation on Romans including many additional excurses on serious points of theology.
3. It give the most complete consideration of alternative interpretations of the text.
I have read many other commentaries on both the Greek and English text of Romans and I can tell you that this commentary on Romans by Dr. Moo will probably not be superceded by any for decades to come. It well worth the price since this commentary will provide material which the reader can chew on for a long, long time.
Much of this work was originally written for a more technical commentary. For this book, Moo moved most of the technical discussion of the Greek to the footnotes. This makes the main body of text much more accessible to readers without a knowledge of Greek, but still provides the technical analysis for those who want it. He basis his discussions on the Greek text but uses the English words in the main text.