A helpfully concise commentary on Paul’s letter to the early Christians in Rome, which the Apostle wrote just a few years before the outbreak of Nero’s persecution. Keener examines each paragraph for its function in the letter as a whole, helping the reader follow Paul’s argument.
Where relevant, he draws on his vast work in ancient Jewish and Greco-Roman sources in order to help modern readers understand the message of Romans according to the way the first audience would have heard it. Throughout, Keener focuses on major points that are especially critical for the contemporary study of Paul’s most influential and complex New Testament letter.
Outline of Romans
Excursus: Dikaiosunē in Romans
Fusing the Horizons: Homosexual Activity
Excursus: Paul and the Law in Romans
Excursus: The “Flesh” (sarx) in Romans
Fusing the Horizons: Faith and Righteousness
Fusing the Horizons: Suffering
Fusing the Horizons: Boasting against Other Branches
Fusing the Horizons: Church and State
Excursus: Ancient Mediterranean Food Customs
Index of Ancient Sources
Endorsements and Reviews
By grounding his exposition of Romans in the world of the first century, yet keeping his eye on the needs and concerns of the contemporary world, Keener offers here a rare commodity: a lucid commentary that is simultaneously conversant with the latest biblical scholarship and pastorally sensitive.
John T. Fitzgerald, University of Miami, USA and North-West University, South Africa
Craig Keener has written a marvelous commentary that will prove to be a valuable tool for ministers, students, and scholars alike. By insightfully introducing and contextualizing, as well providing excurses that guide the reader from ancient to modern times, Keener has done with excellence what a commentary should do.
Manfred Lang, Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg
Do not let its brevity deceive you, dear reader. This book is excellent. Craig Keener has done an amazing job of bringing out the main point of each pericope in the book of Romans.
Jason L. Skipper, in Pastoral Musings, August 2011
Keener here offers 176 pages of commentary on Romans (including six pages on homosexuality in Ch. 1). His wide knowledge of Graeco-Roman literature and background is evident (the textual indices alone comprise 56 pages), and the work features some short sections helping to fuse the horizon of Paul and the modern reader. Keener’s approach is eclectic, with a slight emphasis on insights from rhetorical criticism.
Michael B. Thompson, in Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Vol 34 (5)
Keener’s Romans would serve well both as a broader, simpler commentary or as a second opinion alongside a large work.
Lindsay Kennedy, at www.mydigitalseminary.com, 9 June 2014