Richard N. Longenecker


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Monumental, long-awaited Romans commentary Paul's letter to believers in Jesus at Rome has always been very highly regarded within the Christian church, playing a central role in the formulation and proclamation of Christian doctrine. Yet despite its status in the church and its importance for Christian thought, life, and proclamation, Romans is not a simple writing — it is one of the most difficult New Testament letters to analyze and interpret. In this commentary prominent New Testament scholar Richard Longenecker offers a clear analysis of Romans that builds on the work of past commentators while still being informed by significant studies and insights of interpreters today. His analysis is critical, exegetical, and constructive, but pastoral in its application. Longenecker also 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.


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4.76 out of 5 based on 5 user ratings
Nijay Gupta June 7, 2019 4.8 5
This is a massive in-depth study of the Greek text of Romans. Longenecker is widely respected and known to be fair and balanced in his exegetical decisions. Longenecker sticks close to focusing on interpreting the text and not crossing swords with other commentators or Pauline theologians much. [Full Review]
Philip du Toit October 10, 2018 5 5
Excellent, up to date commentary on all levels.
Warren Truesdale May 19, 2018 4 5
Surprisingly, this commentary isn’t as technical as others in the NIGTC series. I would say that it’s certainly on the more technical end of the spectrum, but detailed exegesis of the Greek text is lacking in a lot of areas. In fact, the commentary itself is somewhat inconsistent. Some sections are particularly in-depth (1:1-7, 3:21-26, 4:1-25) while other sections are way too brief. Why is it on the list then? Because of how great the above sections are... [Full Review]
Chuck January 13, 2018 5 5
This was required reading for a Romans intensive class at Denver Seminary. Initially, it looked long and boring. But you can not judge a book by its cover. It was exceptionally well written in both its content and its engagement. I read the whole thing through in about 14 weeks with great enjoyment. I did not agree with every conclusion Longenecker drew, but I found myself being strongly persuaded by many of his ideas. If you intend on engaging with God through the book of Romans and have the ability to comprehend the components of Greek at a syntactical level, you would do well with using Longenecker's work. If you are not, you would do well to place it on your library shelf as soon as possible and then get to it quickly.
Graham Ware May 27, 2016 5 5
I suspect this one will (or at least it should) overtake Moo's NICNT volume for top spot on Romans. This volume is a must, and is already my preferred first choice on Romans. Sensitive to both traditional protestant readings of Paul and the New Perspective, Longenecker balances these, and critiques both with charity and clarity. He also adds some important implications and contextualization comments which are not usually part of the NIGTC format. So this is a highly academic, technical commentary, working from the Greek text, but also one which provides pastoral aspects and wonderful ideas for Pastors to incorporate into sermons, making this commentary relevant for scholars, students, and pastors.

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