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Romans: A Commentary (Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible) Second Impression Edition

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"Robert Jewett's commentary on Romans sets a new benchmark for the genre..." --David A. deSilva "Ashland Theological Seminary"

About the Author

Robert Jewett is theologian-in-residence at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. Previously he served as guest professor of New Testament at the University of Heidelberg and professor of New Testament interpretation emeritus at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books, both scholarly and popular, in New Testament studies and American religious and cultural history, including Romans: A Short Commentary (Fortress, 2013), Romans (Hermeneia; Fortress, 2008); Mission and Menace: Four Centuries of American Religious Zeal (Fortress, 2008); The Thessalonian Correspondence (Foundations and Facets; Fortress, 1986); Paul the Apostle to America: Cultural Trends and Pauline Scholarship (1994); St. Paul at the Movies: The Apostle's Dialogue with American Culture (1993); and St. Paul Returns to the Movies: Triumph Over Shame (1998).
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Product Details

  • Series: Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible
  • Hardcover: 1140 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press; Second Impression edition (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800660846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800660840
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 2.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,042,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jewett's commentary on Romans will take its place beside those written by Dunn and Cranfield as absolute must-haves for serious work. His understanding and application of Greco-Roman rhetorical theory does a better job of explaining some of the structural questions surrounding Romans than any other work I've seen. His ancient parallels are eclectic but usually germane to the point under consideration.

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.
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Robert Jewett's commentary on Romans sets a new benchmark for the genre. it provides groundbreaking analysis of the letter using the tools of rhetorical criticism, sociological analysis, and cultural-anthropological analysis in addition to the more traditional approaches of biblical exegesis. Jewett combines sensitivity to theological interpretation (and to its pitfalls) with rigorous commitment to hear the text in its own cultural, social, political, and ideological contexts. As one would expect for any volume in this series, the commentary is thoroughly conversant both with ancient comparative literature and with historic and contemporary scholarship on Romans and on Paul in general. This commentary on Romans is a superb counterpart to Hans Dieter Betz's rhetorical-critical volume on the sister epistle, Galatians, the latter volume representing a landmark pioneering work, the present volume the mature fruition of the discipline of rhetorical criticism.
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This commentary is the new authority on the Letter to the Romans. Jewett's exegesis is outstanding. Controversial in some parts? Yes. But the level of research into the Roman context is outstanding and the bibliography is unprecedented. His introduction is fascinating and explores the Roman way of life in such a way that brings a new dimension to the letter. His voice within the commentary is distinctive as he proceeds with a clear thesis about the letter. Excellent commentary.
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I begin this review with part of Paul's greeting to the churches at Rome, "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and [the] Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 1:7b, author's translation) Dr. Jewett was my favorite professor and adviser in seminary. Not only is he an extraordinary scholar and teacher, he is also a pastor to his students. Though it is a commentary primarily for scholars, I still would recommend it to pastors and others who love this Pauline letter. Dr. Jewett always had high hopes and expectations of his students. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the challenge of the work we were given. Reviewed by the Rev. Carol Tuck, on leave and living in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
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This book is written strictly for those who are WELL versed in Ancient Near East Literature prior to reading the book. It is hard to comprehend certain items because of this. There is also a vast amount of Greek and it is only defined a few times, after that if you want to know what it says you have to keep looking back. For a good commentary look at The Epistle to the Romans by Douglas Moo (much easier to understand and it is a good book).
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