ISBN-10: 0687057051

ISBN-13: 9780687057054

Edition: 2005

Authors: Leander E. Keck

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" Like widely differing siblings raised by the same parents, each letter produced by Paul has its own distinguishing character. For the historically minded critic, each letter's unique traits provide important clues for detecting the circumstances in which Paul wrote it as well as what he hoped to achieve with it. Scholars assume that by examining the content of the letter (the "answer"), they can infer the readers' situation that Paul is addressing (the "question")--a method sometimes called "mirror reading." In the case of Romans, however, both the particular traits and the overall content are so unusual that scholars continue to debate why Paul wrote precisely this letter and what he hoped to achieve by it in Rome."So begins Leander Keck's seminal work on the New Testament book of Romans. Keck assertsthat because Romans is part of the New Testament, we can compare it with the other letters ascribed to Paul, as well as with what Acts reports about his message and mission. But the first readers of Romans had only this letter; they could compare it only with what they may have heard about him. While this commentary does from time to time compare Romans with what Paul had said before, it concentrates on Romans itself; what Paul says in this text should not be conflated with--nor inflated into--what he thought comprehensively, though it is essential to understand that as well."We do not really need another major commentary [on Romans] that loses us in the minutiae of word studies, literary parallels, sociological and rhetorical hypotheses; we have such in plenty. The Abingdon series, however, by its limited size, forces the contributor to focus on the primary task of the commentator: to clarify the meaning (intended or potential) of the words of the text and to provide some basic reflection on its/their continuing significance. And that is where Keck excels." James D. G. Dunn, Review of Biblical Literature 04/2006.
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List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 11/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188

Leander E. Keck, convener of the Editorial Board and Senior New Testament Editor, is Winkley Professor of Biblical Theology Emeritus at Yale Divinity School.

List of Abbreviations
The Phenomenon of Romans
Romans in the New Testament
Discourse as Letter
The Structure of the Discourse
Features of the Epistolary Frame
The Historical Context
Significant Clues
The Letter's Probable Setting and Purpose
Paul's Theology in Romans
The Character of Paul's Theology in Romans
The Pivotal Event
The Role of Scripture
The Messenger and the Message (1:1-15)
Salutation (1:1-7)
Paul and the Romans (1:8-15)
The Message for the Human Plight (1:16-8:39)
The Gospel Stated (1:16-17)
God's Rectifying Rectitude (1:18-5:11)
The Impartiality of God's Wrath (1:18-3:20)
The Human Dilemma: God's Wrath (1:18-19)
The Dilemma of the Gentiles (1:20-32)
God's Impartial Rectitude (2:1-16)
The Dilemma of the Jews (2:17-29)
The Integrity of God's Rectitude (3:1-18)
The Human Dilemma: Being Accountable (3:19-20)
The Impartiality of God's Rectifying Rectitude (3:21-5:11)
God's Rectifying Rectitude Apart from the Law (3:21-31)
Abraham, the Prototype (4:1-25)
Abraham's Rectitude, Earned or Unearned? (4:1-8)
Abraham as Our "Father" (4:9-12)
Promise and Law (4:13-17)
Abraham's Faith (4:18-22)
Abraham's Faith and Christian Faith (4:23-25)
Beyond Rectification: Rescued and Reconciled (5:1-11)
Liberation from Bondage (5:12-8:39)
The Human Dilemma as Condition (5:12-21)
Liberation from Sin, Death, and the Law (6:1-7:6)
Freed from Sin and Death (6:1-14)
Freed from Sin, Enslaved to Rectitude (6:15-23)
Freed from the Law (7:1-6)
The Role of the Law in the Reign of Sin (7:7-25)
The Unwilling Accomplice (7:7-12)
The Conflicted Self (7:13-25)
Liberation by the Resident Spirit (8:1-30)
The Power of the Spirit (8:1-17)
Expecting Redemption (8:18-30)
God's Love Celebrated (8:31-39)
The Freedom of God's Sovereignty (9:1-11:36)
The Anomaly and the Apostle's Agony (9:1-5)
God's Freedom in Election (9:6-29)
The Identity of Israel (9:6-13)
God's Justness (9:14-18)
God's Freedom to Act (9:19-29)
The Error of the Elect (9:30-10:21)
Rectitude Misunderstood (9:30-10:3)
Faith's Rectitude Explained (10:4-13)
Error as Disobedience (10:14-21)
God's Freedom as Fidelity (11:1-32)
God's Way with Israel (11:1-12)
God's Way with the Gentiles (11:13-24)
The Mystery of God's Way with All (11:25-32)
God's Awesome Ways Celebrated (11:33-36)
Daybreak Ethos (12:1-15:13)
The Community's Transformed Ethos (12:1-13:14)
Worship and Transformation (12:1-2)
Mandates for the New Ethos (12:3-21)
Submission to Governing Authorities (13:1-7)
The Obligation to Love (13:8-10)
The Wake-up Call (13:11-14)
Disputes Over Freedom (14:1-15:6)
Paul's Perspective (14:1-12)
The Responsibility of "the Strong" (14:13-23)
The Outcome and the Outlook (15:1-6)
The Grand Horizon (15:7-13)
The Messenger: Between Past and Future (15:14-33)
The Completed Mission in the East (15:14-21)
Now to Spain Via Jerusalem and Rome (15:22-33)
Concluding Concerns (16:1-27)
About Phoebe (16:1-2)
Paul's Greetings (16:3-16)
Warning and Assurance (16:17-20)
Greetings from Associates (16:21-24)
Doxology (16:25-27)
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