Romans: A Commentary

Romans: A Commentary


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Deeply conversant in the full range of questions and interpretations of the letter, Jewett's commentary explores the crucial and controverted passages that have always animated studies of Romans. Jewett also incorporates the exciting new insights from archaeology of the city of Rome, social history of early Christianity, social-scientific work on early Christianity, and the interpretation and reception of Paul's letter through the ages.

Breaking free from abstract approaches that defend traditional theologies, Jewett shows that the entire letter aims to elicit support for Paul's forthcoming mission to the "barbarians" in Spain. His work specifically focuses on Paul's missionary plans and how they figure in the letter, on Paul's critical and constructive tack with the Roman community, and finally and especially on how Paul's letter reframes the entire system of honor and shame as it informed life in the Roman Empire at the time. The latter remains a pertinent message today. The first commentary to interpret Romans within the imperial context as well as in the light of the situation in Spain, this landmark commentary, twenty-five years in the making, will set the standard for interpretation of Romans for the next generation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800660840
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Series: Hermeneia--A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible Series
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 1250
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 2.25(d)

About the Author

Eldon J. Epp is Harkness Professor of Biblical Literature Emeritus at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio), and the President of the Society of Biblical Literature (2003-4).Robert Jewett is theologian-in-residence at St. Mark"s United Methodist Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. Previously he served asguest professor of New Testament at the University of Heidelberg and professor of New Testament interpretation emeritus at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books, both scholarly and popular, in New Testament studies and American religious and cultural history, including Romans: A Short Commentary (Fortress, 2013),Romans (Hermeneia; Fortress, 2008); Mission and Menace: Four Centuries of American Religious Zeal (Fortress, 2008);The Thessalonian Correspondence (Foundations and Facets; Fortress, 1986); Paul the Apostle to America: Cultural Trends and Pauline Scholarship (1994); St. Paul at the Movies: The Apostle"s Dialogue with American Culture (1993); and St. Paul Returns to the Movies: Triumph Over Shame (1998).

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