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Romans: A Commentary (Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible) Second Impression Edition
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One of the reasons I didn't mind investing countless hours reading a 1,000 page commentary on a 7,101 word book was the way he carefully demonstrates exegetical alterations to quoted texts from the Septuagint. That feature alone makes the book worth more than half of its hefty price tag. Indeed, this commentary will become one of the standards for new exegetes just because of how it deals with the rhetorical tradition and how masterfully Jewett explains Paul's use of the Old Testament.
Theologically, his work leaves something to be desired. It is hard to fault a scholar for wanting to see Romans as more than a piece of systematic theology, but it seems to me at times Jewett goes too far in the direction of finding what he perceives as Paul's motivation for writing a situational letter everywhere he looks. His argument that Romans was written to encourage Roman churches to get along so that they could support Paul's mission to Spain is nothing new. But he almost sounds hostile to any kind of dogmatic intent on Paul's part. It's as if Jewett doesn't think that incorrect dogma had anything to do with the internecine strife between churches in the eternal city.Read more ›