Shelf Life Book Review: Romans

Elliot Ritzema

Romans: Teach the Text Commentary Series
Baker Books, 2013

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In this book, the first in a new commentary series, C. Marvin Pate works through Romans with the Bible teacher in mind. Each section of the commentary begins with the big idea of that portion of the text. Each section of commentary includes three headings: “Understanding the Text,” which discusses literary and historical context and exegetes the passage; “Teaching the Text,” which provides ideas on how to apply the text in a modern context; and “Illustrating the Text,” which refers the reader to historical and contemporary examples of concepts discussed in the passage.

Pate brings in a wide range of illustrations. For example, in the section on Romans 12:1–2, Pate directs us to a poem by George Herbert that highlights themes of sacrifice and devotion, an essay by G. K. Chesterton that urges us to see wonder in the everyday occurrences of life, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis, and Paradise Lost by John Milton. Other sections include references to songs, movies, quotes, TV shows and more.

With full-color photos on nearly every page and explanatory knockout boxes and tables throughout, this commentary is both accessible and engaging. Preachers and teachers looking for a good application-oriented commentary on Romans will find this a valuable resource.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 5 No. 5