Romans 9 was an awful lot of fun last week. Romans 9-11 seems a lot more challenging during the first 15 hours of study. After that it all starts fitting together…not that I have figured it all out but the pieces are starting to click in hours 20+. I wonder how many other Bible class teachers are out there hoping N.T. Wright will publish Part 2 of his Paul for Everyone: Romans book (the first part only covers chapters 1-8) before they hit a wall at chapter 9? If you are in that boat, use Witherington as a paddle to tide you over.
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I’ve actually got Part 2 on order right now.
One thing that I’ve noticed is that searches for this book particular on amazon’s site are pitiful. I was only able to find this book by doing a Google search!
Wow! Thanks for pointing that out Brian. You are right…I have looked everywhere for it, and had just resolved to the fact that he hadn’t done it yet. Although I thought it was odd considering that it had been a while since he did part 1. I just ordered it too. I have also heard a lot of good things about Jack Cottrell’s commentary on Romans. Anyway, I start next Tuesday night with teaching Romans in our men’s study. Looking forward to it.
Most people don’t know it, but Wright has a critical commentary in the New Interpreters Bible Series. It’s recent too. I don’t have Romans for Everyone (though I’ll probably pick it up some time), but his commentary is fantastic. So if you just can’t wait, foot the bill for the other one and you won’t regret it.
Are you referring to this book?:
Oh, one other thing. If any of you need a Romans commentary from N.T. Wright’s perspective, you may want to consider downloading “Romans in a Week” from ChristianAudio.com. I got it last week and it’s been fantastic! It’s a 10-part series with over 10 hours lecture material.
That’s the one.
Having studied more than 12 commentaries on Romans, I still think Nygren has the best handle on the entire letter and 9-11 especially.
Keep up the good work.
I haven’t read any of Nygren’s material. Is there a commentary in particular that you would recommend?
The “For Everyone” commentaries are great!
Nygren misses the mark on so many occassions. He was THE standard work of his day but he still treats the letter as a broad theological treatise of Paul and that misses the entire point of the occassional nature of the letter. For that reason, Nygren misses the entire point of 9-11 and how it fits in the broader context of the epistle and how it is answering the questions that would come from the Jewish Christians as a result of what Paul has laid out in 1-8. If Nygren had the background information we know, including the probable impact of the Edict of Claudius on the church in Rome I am sure he would have done an excellent job handling the entire epsitle. But as his work stands it falls short. Again, standard work of his day but now we know so much more that makes the epistle fit together and lets us take it all in context in a much fuller way than Nygren was able to do with the info that he had at his disposal in his day. I am guessing you will disagree with me on portions of this and I am certainly open to discussing it further…although most of what I will be able to say will have to wait until next week. God bless
Thanks guys for all the resources listed above…that is great!