Douglas Moo begins this study with a clear, concise, and helpful survey of the two broad contemporary options for understanding Romans: the"Reformation approach"and the "new perspective approach,"pointing out that how one approaches the book inevitably affects how one interprets it. He encourages students to decide which approach best fits with the actual teaching of the letter, and as a help in this process, often indicates how the two opposing views would interpret key texts.Moo goes on to address other introductory matters that are necessary for understanding Romans--the first-century context, the situation in Paul's life as well as the situation in the lives of his readers. Other items discussed include the theme (the gospel of Jesus Christ), purpose (to help Roman Christians understand their place in the flow of salvation history), and structure of Romans.
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Date:October 20, 2008
Great read for understanding the flow and overall message of Romans by the most reputable of commentators on the epistle. Moo takes his 1000 page commentary and boils the arguments down to an easy-to-read paperback while adding various pictures and helpful diagrams. Highly recommended.