Not often does a Bible commentary come in the wake of so much anticipation. While many have grown to love The New International Greek Testament Commentary series, the volume on Romans has been the talk of the town for several years now. New Testament scholar Richard Longenecker has been working on this volume for many years and the wait is finally over.
Generally speaking, the NIGTC volumes are written for Bible students who desire the in-depth analysis of the text, yet may shy away from a full-scale critical commentary. This volume, like the others in the series, bridges that gap and offers clear, solid exposition and application.
Fully aware of the centrality of Romans in the life of the Christian believer, Longenecker tackles the letter head-on, but does not bury himself in exegetical minutiae. Rather, he strives to address each verse carefully, always looking for the pastoral or practical application.
The layout and format of the commentary is clear, sharp, and pleasing to the eye. Each major section begins with the translation, textual notes, and analysis of the structure of the passage. The exegetical comments on the individual verses is crisp and methodical. After all, there’s nothing worse than a detailed commentary that loses the reader down rabbit trails; Longenecker avoids that pitfall. Further, Longenecker engages in helpful excurses at crucial points. Perhaps one of the most important of these is his exploration of “The Righteousness of God” and “Righteousness” in Paul (pp. 168-176).
In the end, whether you’re preaching or teaching through Romans, or enjoying your own personal study, Richard Longenecker’s The Epistle to the Romans is of profound value and should be seriously considered.
Title: The Epistle to the Romans (NIGTC)
Author: Richard N. Longenecker
Publisher: Eerdmans (April 22, 2016)
Note: Review copy provided by the publisher.