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Critically Acclaimed Commentaries from Today's Top Scholars

In this addition to the projected eighteen-volume Paideia commentary series, respected New Testament scholar Frank Matera examines cultural context and theological meaning in Romans.

Paideia commentaries explore how New Testament texts form Christian readers by:

• Attending to the ancient narrative and rhetorical strategies the text employs
• Showing how the text shapes theological convictions and moral habits
• Commenting on the final, canonical form of each New Testament book
• Focusing on the cultural, literary, and theological settings of the text
• Making judicious use of photos and sidebars in a reader-friendly format

"Frank Matera's commentary focusing on God's saving righteousness revealed in the gospel is a lucid exposition of Romans. It introduces the major interpretive options for key issues, provides careful exegesis in conversation with other interpreters, and both highlights and engages the letter's profound theological claims. It is therefore a great gift not only to students but also to seasoned interpreters of Paul."
--Michael J. Gorman, St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore

"Matera has produced a remarkable commentary that is simultaneously nuanced and accessible. He is in clear conversation with the best biblical scholarship, but there is not a pedantic word in his lucid writing; rather, this commentary is unusually engaging. Attending to the literary, historical, and theological dimensions of Romans, Matera judiciously guides his readers in a careful study of the biblical text. All who are interested in Romans will be grateful to Matera for this fine work. I recommend it with enthusiasm!"
--Marion L. Soards, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

"Matera wisely distills and dispenses the massive scholarship on Romans. Students will find here an excellently organized, clear, and substantial description and discussion of this important and complex letter. Matera's personal passion for Paul's magnificent convictions in Romans energizes this fine introductory commentary."--L. Ann Jervis, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

About the Author

Frank J. Matera (PhD, Union Theological Seminary) is emeritus professor of New Testament at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. His previous books include commentaries on Galatians and 2 Corinthians as well as New Testament Theology: Exploring Diversity and Unity.
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Product Details

  • Series: Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801031893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801031892
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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In the Foreword to this book, Parsons and Talbert state clearly the aim of the Paideia series: "This series is aimed squarely at students-including MA students in religious and theological studies programs, seminarians, and upper-divisional graduates-who have theological interests in the biblical text." As one who holds a place on the lower end of that spectrum, I would humbly proffer that they have hit their intended mark.

Matera echoes the above theme in the Intro to his commentary on Romans, his contribution to the series: "Its purpose is to provide students at the master's level with an initial reading of this great letter that will enable them to progress to more learned commentary." Matera also forewarns/reminds us in the Preface and Intro "that there is no way to completely master or exhaust this remarkable text" and that we are on an academic stage with not only Paul but people like Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, and Barth.

The text itself is nicely formatted. Chapters follow a three part structure of "Introductory Matters", "Tracing the Train of Thought", and "Theological Issues." In the "Train of Thought" section, Matera does the classic line-by-line exegesis. The ancient languages and manuscripts are regularly referenced, but one never feels out at sea. This seems consistent with aiming at new grad students. Also in the "Theological Issues" section, he commits to a line of thinking without pontificating and teases out questions in a way that is essentially an instruction on the kind of questions one should start getting in the habit of asking, challenging without brainwashing - also good for new grad students. Outlines accompany the text, frequently appearing and reappearing, set aside in graph format.
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Can't complain. Matera goes into enough detail so that the reader is well informed but not so much that the reader ends up lost amidst the bewildering world of koine Greek tenses, particles, and participles.
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Romans, in a way, sets the stage for all of the following epistles which are written by the same author. The study of the Book of Romans will ready the Bible-reader for the following descriptions of the Gospels.
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