Of all of Paul's letters, Romans is the most immersed in the Old Testament.
Romans declares that God’s promises are fulfilled in Jesus. David G. Peterson situates Romans within the grand redemptive story of the Old Testament: creation, fall, Israel, exile, and promised redemption in the Messiah. Peterson reads Romans as Paul’s exposition and defense of the gospel and highlights its unique theological insights into the Trinity, righteousness and justification, Israel and the church, apostolic ministry, and true worship and holy living.
A career of research involving both fine-grained New Testament exegesis and biblical-theological integration makes David Peterson an ideal person to write this exposition of Romans. The verse-by-verse commentary is brimming with insightful exegesis, and the elucidation of the biblical-theological themes of Romans contains a careful and powerful articulation of the gospel. I think Paul would like this commentary!
—Simon Gathercole, reader in New Testament, University of Cambridge; fellow and director of studies in Theology, Fitzwilliam College
Among the plethora of commentaries on this letter, Peterson’s stands out with its blend of carefully nuanced exegesis, overarching biblical theology, sensible interaction with contemporary scholarship, and pleasing concision and clarity. Highly recommended.
—Constantine Campbell, associate professor of New Testament, Trinity International University
David Peterson has composed a great volume on Romans that is both a terrific survey of its themes and an able commentary on its text. Careful, learned, and judicious.
—Michael F. Bird, lecturer in Theology, Ridley College, Melbourne
David Peterson has written a concise but thorough commentary on Paul’s most important letter. Peterson’s work is based on an analysis of the Greek text but is still accessible to individuals who are actively engaged in ministries of preaching and teaching Scripture. They should find this volume a helpful addition to their libraries.
—John D. Harvey, dean and professor of New Testament, Columbia Biblical Seminary of Columbia International University
“Indicative statements become the basis for imperatives to live consistently with their new standing in Christ.” (Page 258)
“So neither ‘the obedience that consists in faith’ nor ‘the obedience that comes from faith’ may be sufficient to convey the meaning of Paul’s deliberately ambiguous expression (CSB maintains the ambiguity by translating it literally). Both meanings must be held together, suggesting the translation ‘faith’s obedience’ or ‘believing obedience.’” (Pages 89–90)
“This puts the focus on biological rather than sociocultural differences, which vary with time and place. The divine plan was for males and females to function together as ‘the image of God,’ propagating the race and exercising dominion in God’s creation.” (Page 123)
“Righteousness is certainly an attribute of God, but the term is used to describe how God acts to establish justice for his people and put them right with himself.” (Page 106)
The Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary (EBTC) series locates each biblical book within redemptive history and illuminates its unique theological contributions. All EBTC volumes feature informed exegetical treatment of the biblical book and thorough discussion of its most important theological themes in relation to the canon—all in a style that is useful and accessible to students of Scripture and preachers of the word.
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David G. Peterson (PhD, University of Manchester) is emeritus faculty member at Moore Theological College in Sydney and previously was principal of Oak Hill College, London. He is the author of several books, including Possessed by God (New Studies in Biblical Theology), Transformed by God, and Acts (Pillar). Peterson is an ordained minister of the Anglican Church of Australia.