The Epistle to the Romans (New International Commentary on the New Testament)
~Douglas J. Moo
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ISBN/ASIN : 0802823173
Manufacturer : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company|
Release data : August, 1996
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The Best Romans Commentary Yet
I have approximately 20 commentaries on Romans and have been teaching Romans in my church for the past year. Moo's commentary is clearly the best that I have found on Romans.
The greatest strength I have found is that Moo does a solid job of exegesis and sticks to the actual text. Opinions are voiced, but only after throughtful exegesis. The book is rather technical, but easily readable. It's one of the few commentaries where both scholars and novices can come away with something substantial. Moo also does a good job of keeping passages in their proper context to give an accurate interpretation. I don't agree with all of his conclusions, but I respect his opinion and agree with at least 90%.
By the way, I was at first leary of purchasing this book because it was part of the NICNT. I have several of the revised volumes from this series and most of the older volumes. On both series, quality is very spotty. Several great books and several that are so lame that they are useless. This is not only a great Romans commentary, but I believe this is the best volume in the NICNT series.
Honest and insightful
The commentary on Romans by Douglas Moo is a wonderful place to start if you are trying to get a grip on this epistle. Moo apparently put a lot of thought into including all the various viewpoints when discussing controversial passages. When you finish, not only will you know which view Moo favors, but the strengths and weakness of the other viewpoints. I especially liked his discussion of election.
Moo includes a lot of background information on Paul, controversies in the early church, insightful comments by early church leaders and the reformers like Luther and Calvin. All this makes for a large book, but he does a very thorough job in this well written commentary on Romans. I do wish that he would have spent a little more time on Romans 3:23 and 6:23, but they have been covered exhaustively elsewhere. If you like this commentary, be sure to pick up his commentary on James. (...)
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If you only can afford one top flight commentary on Romans, get Moo's. Much more useable than Schreiner, much more thorough than Morris. Great introduction material, and understandable handling of the text. In-depth footnotes on every page, for those who want to dig even deeper.
Moo is solid on the key doctrines of inspiration, sovereignty, election, the future of Israel, Paul's view of the Law, etc.
Make room on your shelf for the best modern commentary on Romans.