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"Schreiner's commentary on Romans is a very good contribution to the study of this Pauline epistle. [It] will be a great help to students, teachers, and general educated readers of the Pauline letters."--Joseph A. Fitzmyer, SJ, Catholic University of America

In the latest addition to BECNT, Pauline scholar Thomas Schreiner presents a fresh analysis of the substantive Book of Romans. It features many distinctives. "I have tried to write a scholarly commentary that fulfills the goals of brevity and lucidity," Schreiner explains. "One of my goals has been to trace the flow of thought in the letter so that the reader can understand how the argument unfolds. I have also tried to wrestle with the meaning of Romans theologically. . . . In particular, I have attempted to demonstrate inductively that the glory of God is the central theme that permeates the letter." 

Each exegetical unit of the commentary is divided into four parts: (1) introduction, theme summary, and structural outline; (2) translation; (3) paragraph-by-paragraph exegesis and exposition; and (4) additional notes that comment on unique themes of a passage, interpretive problems, textual variants, and other critical issues. 

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Pastors, students, and scholars will find Romans an easy-to-use, yet comprehensive, resource.


"Schreiner's commentary on Romans is a very good contribution to the study of this Pauline epistle. Schreiner has asked the right questions about it and given balanced answers to them. His commentary will be a great help to students, teachers, and general educated readers of the Pauline letters, especially to pastors who seek to preach on Romans."--Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J., Professor Emeritus, Catholic University of America

"As I preach through Romans I will continue to reach for this commentary with joy and hope, as I have since I received a copy in manuscript form. There are at least four reasons. First, Schreiner bows with reverence before the authority of Paul's letter as God's inspired Word. Second, he submits meticulously to the grammatical and historical particularities of the text, tracing out Paul's line of thinking in his own terms. Third, he wrestles with recent scholarly thought (without getting lost). Fourth, he is faithful in holding up the manifestly God-centered theme of this greatest of all letters, namely, that 'in Romans God's ultimate purpose is to display his glory to all people'."--John Piper, Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church

"Schreiner has produced an exemplary commentary of one of the most challenging books of the New Testament canon. His book contains the kind of incisive exegesis and theological astuteness that are mandatory for a Romans commentary. Schreiner's insightful discussions unfailingly lead the reader to the heart of an issue, his arguments are clearly presented, and his conclusions are carefully and wisely drawn. The scholarship is informed and up-to-date. The end result is an exceptionally clear and concise treatment, yet with an impressive amount of detail. Schreiner's work will take its place among the best commentaries on Romans currently available."--Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary

Praise for the series:
"This series has set a new standard in reader-friendliness with its attractive presentation that combines detailed exegetical comment on the Greek text with accessibility for those who have little or no knowledge of the original language of the New Testament."--I. Howard Marshall, University of Aberdeen

The Author

  1. Thomas R. Schreiner

    Thomas R. Schreiner

    Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and professor of biblical theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has taught at SBTS for more than...

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"Pastors and teachers looking for current, scholarly, decidedly evangelical commentary on Romans will find this volume worth the investment."--The Presbyterian Layman (January/February 1999)

"A massive, excellently done volume that should be helpful to sermon preparation."--Fresh Pages and Tapes (February/March 1999)

"A clearly written, well-informed guide through the text of this important letter."--James C. Miller, Interpretation

"This is a valuable addition to the long list of English commentaries on Romans, and one that should be especially welcome to the readers of Modern Reformation."--Mark R. Talbot, Modern Reformation

"This is a serious work which will be well received by those who wish to dig deeply into the riches of the epistle to the Romans."--Preaching

"Sermons, Bible studies and lectures all stand to benefit greatly from the wealth of material between its covers."--Vox Reformata

"Many excellent commentaries have been written on Paul's letter to the Romans, and this recent contribution compares favorably to the best in that tradition."--David K. Lowery Bibliotheca Sacra

"Schreiner's commentary is rigorous, thorough, and conservative, not to mention remarkably accurate in its typography, given the complexity of it formatting."--Randy Leedy, Biblical Viewpoint

"Schreiner's commentary is clear and insightful."--New Horizons

"Among the many recent solid commentaries on the book of Romans, this new commentary in the Baker Exegetical Commentary of the New Testament series deserves respect."--Derk Oostendorp, Calvin Theological Journal

Praise for the series:

"In this age of unprecedented proliferation of biblical commentary series, it is an outstanding accomplishment for the Baker Exegetical series consistently to have produced what with only rare exceptions have become the best available commentaries on the Greek text of the New Testament book or books treated."--Craig Blomberg, Denver Journal

"Rigorous exegesis by seasoned scholars with explicit evangelical commitments. This is also one of the best-designed, easy-to-read series as it includes intro matters, then each commentator's translation, commentary, and textual notes for every passage. Very reliable."--Bruce Riley Ashford and Grant Taylor, Between the Times blog