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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Richard N. Longenecker is professor emeritus of New Testament at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. His many books include Introducing Romans and Contours of Christology in the New Testament. He is also the author of the forthcoming volume Paul, Apostle of Liberty (coming October 2015).


  1. I agree with so many: the whole book of Romans is interesting!


    • Carl says:

      I am excited to check out what he has to say on Romans 7


      • Latesha says:

        The Zune coctentranes on being a Portable Media Player. Not a web browser. Not a game machine. Maybe in the future it’ll do even better in those areas, but for now it’s a fantastic way to organize and listen to your music and videos, and is without peer in that regard. The iPod’s strengths are its web browsing and apps. If those sound more compelling, perhaps it is your best choice.


  2. Richard Titus says:

    I am interested in the book of Romans


  3. Alvin says:

    This will hopefully be a landmark in Romans commentary!


  4. Ken Litwak says:

    I am looking forward to reading this commentary, especially Romans 3: 21-26. I think that Longenecker’s views on this may be interesting.


  5. chappymartin says:

    Romans 7:10 and Romans 10:5


  6. Andy Boakye says:

    Looking forward to seeing 4:16-25 contextualised!


  7. David says:

    Among other things, I am interested in seeing how he understands ‘all Israel’ in Romans 11:26.


    • Tawny says:

      If you’re looking to get a ‘taste of American culture’ I’d say New York City, but that’s the generic answer. I’m from Long Island, just about a half hour out of the city, and I hate the city. But most people love it. My favorite place to go to is Hilton Head, South Carolina. It’s a little island off the coast of South Carolina and it’s just adorable and fun. Where are you visiting frrfR?emeoences :


  8. Steve Krigbaum says:

    I want to look at Romans 7.


  9. Terry says:

    Thijs mag met mij op reis, dat is wel voldoende denk ik We zijn nu in Khorog (T)kajistani, en gaan de komende weken door de Pamirs fietsen. 12 mei verloopt ons Tajiks visum en gaat die van Kyrgizie in. Dan hebben we 5 dagen om Kyrgizie uit te komen en zijn we hopelijk rond 18 mei in Kashgar.


  10. Bobby says:

    Thank you for visiting! People don't know much about epilepsy so sometimes it can feel like a lonely cotnidion. My brother has been through a lot through his life and I hope others with epilepsy can relate. I'm happy you have a wonderful caregiver. I'm curious if you were diagnosed as a child and if you have you found medication that works for your seizures? I'd love to hear more of your story if you'd like to share. Take care.


  11. Lore says:

    Jo visst är detta ett betydligt större vin än 2005 Albéric Bouvet (som inte är i klass med 2003).Vi skrev in 2010-2015 i cerkaltracler. Trots att det är ganska slankt har vinet verkligen strukturen för lagring. Inte direkt ett njuta-ungt-vin som 2004 Les Bessards…


  12. Polly says:

    It’s much easier to unadestrnd when you put it that way!


  13. Mitchell says:

    Reading posts like this make surfing such a plauesre


  14. Totally agree. I went searching for this topic after I heard Rick Warren say that happiness is a choice. As a miserable, negative person, I don’t believe that at all. Of course I don’t want to be miserable, but it’s all I’ve known for 40 years.


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