Shelf Life Book Review: Introducing Romans

Matthew M. Whitehead

Introducing Romans: Critical Issues in Paul’s Most Famous Letter
Eerdmans, 2011

A precursor to Richard Longenecker’s forthcoming commentary on the book of Romans, this work intends to provide an “overall account and evaluation of the major critical issues in the contemporary study of Romans” (8). While examining introductory, rhetorical, literary, text-critical and theological issues, Longenecker provides a synopsis and evaluation of competing positions.

Longenecker also investigates Paul’s contextualization of the gospel. Concerned with how to communicate the good news to various cultures, he uses Paul’s methods to suggest a present-day approach. In addition to being a valuable tool for studying the book of Romans, this book is also practical for those interested in missions.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 4 No. 1