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While widely acknowledged as the single most influential document in Christian history, Paul's Letter to the Romans has also attracted the most comment. Standing at the head of Paul's writings in the New Testament and so eloquently delivering his Gospel, Romans has presented Paul to generations of readers: from Augustine in the fifth century, through the Reformation era, down to the present day.

This commentary adopts a literary-rhetorical approach, viewing the letter as an ...

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Overview


While widely acknowledged as the single most influential document in Christian history, Paul's Letter to the Romans has also attracted the most comment. Standing at the head of Paul's writings in the New Testament and so eloquently delivering his Gospel, Romans has presented Paul to generations of readers: from Augustine in the fifth century, through the Reformation era, down to the present day.

This commentary adopts a literary-rhetorical approach, viewing the letter as an instrument of persuasion designed to transform readers through a celebratory presentation of the Gospel. Reflecting upon the fate of Jews and Gentiles, Paul wins his audience to a Vision of a God who always acts inclusively. The God who, in the person of Israel's Messiah (Jesus), has acted faithfully to include the Gentile peoples within the community of salvation, will not fall to see to the eventual inclusion of Israel as well. In the victory of grace displayed already in the risen humanity of Jesus, the original design of the Creator for human communities and for the world begins to come true.

The interpretation of Paul's letter to Rome has accompanied and stimulated the path of Christian theology down to today. Romans touches upon virtually al main issues of Christian theology, as well as presenting a rewarding introduction toPaul. Byrne facilitates full access to Paul and his Gospel through the letter, allowing Christians today to hear his voice as intelligibly and powerfully as it has spoken to past generations.

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This is a lucid, major commentary on Romans.
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Leander E. Keck
The interpretation is more catholic than Catholic (Byrne teaches NT at the Jesuit Theological College, part of the United faculty of Theology in Melbourne, Australia).....One can commend this commentary with confidence, not because one is persuaded by all its judgments (what commentary, especially on Romans, achieves that?), but because Byrne has struggled not only with Paul but also with the issues Paul struggled with. Alert users will appreciate that.
Society of Biblical Literature \ \
Leander E. Keck
The interpretation is more catholic than Catholic (Byrne teaches NT at the Jesuit Theological College, part of the United faculty of Theology in Melbourne, Australia).....One can commend this commentary with confidence, not because one is persuaded by all its judgments (what commentary, especially on Romans, achieves that?), but because Byrne has struggled not only with Paul but also with the issues Paul struggled with. Alert users will appreciate that.
Society of Biblical Literature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814658086
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Series: Sacra Pagina Series , #6
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 1.76 (d)

Meet the Author


Brendan Byrne, SJ, is a professor of New Testament at Jesuit Theological College, within the United Faculty of Theology, Parkville, Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of  Romans (1996) n the Sacra Pagina series, Galatians and Romans (2010), The Hospitality of God: A Reading of Luke's Gospel (2000), A Costly Freedom: A Theological Reading of Mark's Gospel (2008), Lifting the Burden: Reading Matthew's Gospel in the Church Today (2004), all published by Liturgical Press.
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