The New International Greek Testament Commentary: The Epistle to the Romans

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This highly anticipated commentary on the Greek text of Romans by veteran New Testament scholar Richard Longenecker provides solid scholarship and innovative solutions to long-standing interpretive problems. Critical, exegetical, and constructive, yet pastoral in its application, Longenecker’s monumental work on Romans sets a course for the future that will promote a better understanding of this most famous of Paul’s letters and a more relevant contextualization of its message.

by Richard N. Longenecker (1930–2021) was a distinguished New Testament scholar who taught for many years at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. He was the author of numerous books, including Paul, Apostle of Liberty; The Christology of Early Jewish Christianity; New Testament Social Ethics for Today; Introducing Romans: Critical Issues in Paul’s Most Famous Letter, and the New International Greek Testament Commentary volume on Romans.

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— Review of Biblical Literature
“For its careful attention to the text, summaries of key exegetical debates of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, theological connections, attempts to contextualize Paul’s letter, and emphasis on 5:1–8:39 as Paul’s contribution to the Roman churches, this is a valuable commentary. It will be a solid, useful resource for students of Romans for years to come.”


Bibliotheca Sacra
“This is a very good commentary and will take its place among the most consulted Romans commentaries available in English.”


Southwestern Journal of Theology
“Longenecker’s commentary on Romans is a book that every student of Romans must read.”


Thomas R. Schreiner
— Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Paul’s letter to the Romans is like Mount Everest in its grandeur and beauty. How fitting it is, then, for one of the deans of New Testament scholarship, Richard Longenecker, to present his interpretation of the letter in this magisterial commentary. All the virtues of Longenecker’s work are evident here: in-depth exegesis, careful evaluation of the literary and historical setting of the letter, and consideration of the letter’s message for readers today. Interpreters of Romans are indebted to Longenecker and will want to consult his work regularly.”


Susan Eastman
— Duke Divinity School
“With characteristic care, thoroughness, and insight, Richard Longenecker delivers what he promises: appreciative interaction with the interpretation of Romans over the centuries; critical, exegetical, and pastorally sensitive analysis of the text; and contextual reflections on this most influential of Paul’s letters in contemporary terms. All serious students of Paul would do well to read this commentary; it will become a standard resource and guide for many years to come.”


Frank J. Matera
— Catholic University of America
“In every generation two or three commentaries on Romans appear that define the discussion for years to come. This commentary by Richard Longenecker is just such a work. It is clearly and judiciously written and comprehensive in scope. In addition to dealing with all of the relevant ancient and modern literature on Romans, it provides a close reading of the Greek text without losing the reader’s attention. Most importantly, it highlights the theological content and continuing importance of Romans for the church today. I enthusiastically recommend Longenecker’s work for those who want to engage Romans seriously on an exegetical and theological level.”
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