I recently ordered a copy of a book just published on Romans. It is Richard Longenecker, Introducing Romans. Like many, the more I read Romans and the more I read books and commentaries on Romans, the less I seem to understand it. This book is in anticipation of a commentary on Romans that Longenecker is in the process of writing.
It deals with all the issues surrounding Romans such as when was it written, to whom, and why. It gives a very good overview of where scholars are at when it comes to understanding and interpreting Romans. If you would like to read a short review I have written on it, this is the link: Longenecker, Introducing Romans
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Preparing the hymns for Sunday worship for the next few weeks (see the last post) has alerted me to the fact that we will be reading through Romans over the Summer starting at chapter 6. Longenecker's book arrived at the right time! Coincidentally, I have 5 short talks for the radio to prepare to be broadcast in August. Added to the fact that June 29 celebrates Peter and Paul, Apostles, it looks like this is a good time to return to Romans. The last time I preached and wrote on Romans was back in 2008 (see the label: Romans). I don't want simply to repeat what I wrote then, but it will be quite fun to be able to pick up where I left off, and I am grateful that this new book has helped me to do that.