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Overview

Discover:
-How the springs at Hierapolis help us understand why Jesus described the church at Laodicea as 'lukewarm'
-The background and circumstances of certificates of divorce in Judaism
-How Jewish dietary laws provided a powerful metaphor for God's acceptance of the Gentiles
Brimming with lavish, full-color photos and graphics, the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary walks you verse by verse through all the books of the New Testament. It's like slipping on a set of glasses that lets you read the Bible through the eyes of a first-century reader! Discoveries await you that will snap the world of the New Testament into gripping immediacy. Things that seem mystifying, puzzling, or obscure will take on tremendous meaning when you view them in their ancient context. You'll deepen your understanding of the teachings of Jesus. You'll discover the close, sometimes startling interplay between God's kingdom and the practical affairs of the church. Best of all, you'll gain a deepened awareness of the Bible's relevance for your life.
Written in a clear, engaging style, this beautiful set provides a new and accessible approach that more technical expository and exegetical commentaries don't offer. It features:
-Commentary based on relevant papyri, inscriptions, archaeological discoveries, and studies of Judaism, Roman culture, Hellenism, and other features of the world of the New Testament
-Hundreds of full-color photographs, color illustrations, and line drawings
-Copious maps, charts, and timelines-Sidebar articles and insights
-'Reflections' on the Bible's relevance for 21st-century living
Written by leading evangelical contributors:
Clinton E. Arnold (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen), General Editor
S. M. Baugh (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine)
Peter H. Davids (Ph.D., University of Manchester)
David E. Garland (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
David W. J. Gill (D.Phil., University of Oxford)
George H. Guthrie (Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary)
Moyer V. Hubbard (D.Phil., University of Oxford)
Andreas J. K stenberger (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)
Ralph P. Martin (Ph.D., University of London, King's College)
Douglas J. Moo (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews)
Mark L. Strauss (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen)
Frank Thielman (Ph.D., Duke University)
Jeffrey A. D. Weima (Ph.D., University of Toronto)
Michael J. Wilkins (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary)
Mark W. Wilson (D.Litt. et Phil., University of South Africa)
Julie L. Wu (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary)
Robert W. Yarbrough (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen)

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Meet the Author

Clinton E. Arnold (Ph D, University of Aberdeen) is Dean and Professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California.

Douglas Moo (Ph D, University of St. Andrews) is the Blanchard Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. His work centers on understanding the text of the New Testament and its application today. He has written extensively in several commentary series, including the NIV Application Commentary, Pillar Commentary, Tyndale New Testament Commentary, and the New International Commentary on the New Testament.

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Romans, Galatians


Zondervan

Copyright © 2002 Douglas J. Moo
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-310-27833-7


Chapter One

All kinds of issues would need to be tackled in a full-scale introduction to Paul's letter to the Romans: not least the questions about the letter's purpose and theme. But the introductory remarks that follow will concentrate on the background issues that are the focus of this commentary. Other issues will be ignored or touched on only briefly.

Events Leading up to Paul's Writing of Romans

Understanding Paul's own situation as he writes Romans helps us appreciate the purpose and theme of the letter. In 15:14-22, he looks back at a period of ministry just concluded. "From Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum," Paul tells us, "I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ" (15:19). This verse indicates that Paul's ministry has reached a significant geographical turning point. As Luke tells us in Acts, Paul first preached Christ in Damascus (and perhaps Arabia) after his conversion (Acts 9:19-22; cf. Gal. 1:17). Only after three years did he go to Jerusalem to preach, and then only briefly (Gal. 1:18; cf. Acts 9:28-29). Why, then, mention Jerusalem as the starting point for his ministry? For two reasons. First, the city represents the center of Judaism, and Paul is concerned to show how the gospel spread from the Jews to the Gentiles. Second, the city stands at one geographic extremity in hismissionary travels. At the other extremity is Illyricum, the Roman province occupying what is today Albania and parts of Yugoslavia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Only here does Paul refer to missionary work in this province, although such a ministry can be fit easily into the movements of Paul on his third missionary journey (see comments on Rom. 15:19). An "arc" drawn from Jersualem to Illyricum, therefore, passes over, or nearby, the important churches that Paul has planted in south Galatia (Pisidian Antioch, Lystra, Iconium, Derbe), Asia (Ephesus), Macedonia (Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea), and Achaia (Corinth).

But what does Paul mean when he claims that he has "fully proclaimed" the gospel in these areas? The Greek has simply the equivalent of our verb "fulfill" (peplerokenai). To "fulfill" the gospel, therefore, probably means to preach it sufficiently such that viable churches are established. These churches can then carry on the task of evangelism in their own territories while Paul moves on to plant new churches in virgin gospel territory (cf. 15:20-21).

* Romans IMPORTANT FACTS:

AUTHOR: Paul the apostle.

DATE: A.D. 57.

OCCASION: Paul writes toward the end of the third missionary journey to a church that is divided between Jewish and Gentile Christians.

PURPOSE: To help the Roman Christians understand the gospel, especially in its implications for the relationship of Jew and Gentile in the church.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction...................................................vi
List of Sidebars...............................................viii
Index of Photos and Maps.......................................ix
Abbreviations..................................................xi
Romans Douglas J. Moo.........................................2
Galatians Ralph P. Martin and Julie L. Wu.....................100
Credits for Photos and Maps....................................135
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