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  1. 5 out of 5

    Zach Barnhart

    Commentaries can prove to be a tricky business. They're often intimidating to the casual reader, and even for those who teach and preach God's Word, knowing which ones to use can be a challenge. Frequently, the choice before us is to use a commentary that is technical, grammatically-focused, and "accurate," or a commentary that is readable, applicable, and "accessible." But the best of commentaries do not force us into making such a choice of either-or. This "both-and" approach is what we find i Commentaries can prove to be a tricky business. They're often intimidating to the casual reader, and even for those who teach and preach God's Word, knowing which ones to use can be a challenge. Frequently, the choice before us is to use a commentary that is technical, grammatically-focused, and "accurate," or a commentary that is readable, applicable, and "accessible." But the best of commentaries do not force us into making such a choice of either-or. This "both-and" approach is what we find in Peterson's new commentary on Romans, part of Lexham Press' Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary series. The real strength of this series is that it not only provides fresh exegetical study, but it situates a particular book in its larger biblical-theological place. It gives each book of the Bible a redemptive context. This particular volume by Peterson is a welcomed addition to the series. Romans is one of my very favorite New Testament books, and Peterson handles it with care. The introduction in particular was riveting material. His articulation of the literary factors of the letter to the Romans (alternation, refrain, progression/digression, and recursion) were newer concepts to me. Digging into these concepts early on helps you read the entire letter with new eyes, and strengthens the ability of the teacher to rightly organize and communicate the material. I agree with Peterson’s implying the importance of Romans to the biblical canon, arguing that “Romans shows us how to read the Scriptures appropriately” (27). Yet it is, as Peterson demonstrates, one of Paul’s most practical-theology-oriented letters of all. For a book often hailed as the Bible’s own systematic theology in miniature, it seems to have much to say, as Peterson persuasively argues, about “the practical consequences of our new life in Christ” (27). One of my favorite aspects of Peterson’s commentary is how concise it is. That is not to say that it is lacking. Peterson simply does what many commentators find it difficult to do: communicate the thrust of a verse’s meaning without much chatter! Many times, the commentator can get so carried away in /commentating/ that the reader begins to lose her grip on the issue at hand. Peterson helpfully avoids the rabbit trails, stays on course, and gives us sufficient reflection in each verse. Peterson’s goal is simply to help us understand the Scripture at hand, explicitly, accurately, and practically. Those who are not regularly teaching God’s Word or have a working knowledge of Greek will find this commentary to be a bit more challenging. Peterson definitely is comfortable referring to the Greek throughout the book, which some may find more difficult than other “entry-level” commentaries. But no seminary degree is required to benefit from Peterson’s work here. Those who aim to study or teach the book of Romans soon would do well to pick up David Peterson’s commentary as a guide. It blends accuracy and accessibility well, and makes for insightful study of one of the most important books in the New Testament. * I was provided a copy of this book by Lexham Press in exchange for my honest review.

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    A Literary Lady

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shane Williamson

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    Paul Lamey

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    Gwilym Davies

  8. 5 out of 5

    Павел Тогобицкий

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