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Romans (Interpretation Bible Commentaries) (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching) Hardcover – 1 Feb 1986


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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster/John Knox Press,U.S. (1 Feb 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804231370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804231374
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,590,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul J. Achtemeier is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Interpretation at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. He is coeditor of the popular series, Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching.

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Paul was on fire to preach the good news of the gracious lordship of God expressed in Jesus Christ, and nowhere more so than in Romans. Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this commentary. This was my first experience with the Interpreation commentaries and I was impressed. Dr. Achtemeier did an excellent job of writing for the lay person as well as the full-time minister. It was very readable, which is, unfortunately, kind of rare in Bible commentaries.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Simply one of the best 14 Jan 2000
By Keith Reeves, Ph.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Achtemeier's commentary on Romans is simply the best commentary on the market for the layperson. Commentaries written by academics are often not useful to the general public, since they use Greek or Hebrew and assume a great deal about the reader's background. On the other hand, most of the popular commentaries are simply too shallow. Achtemeier does an excellent job of clarifying the issues for the average reader. If you can only buy one commmentary on Romans, this should be your choice.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A very readable commentary. 8 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this commentary. This was my first experience with the Interpreation commentaries and I was impressed. Dr. Achtemeier did an excellent job of writing for the lay person as well as the full-time minister. It was very readable, which is, unfortunately, kind of rare in Bible commentaries.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The bottom line: A must-read for anyone serious about New Testament theology, or those intending to teach/preach on Romans. 11 Dec 2013
By C.H.E. Sadaphal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Another fantastic commentary in the Interpretation series that sheds much light on the text and provides the reader with a road map to navigate the theologically rich book of Romans. Achtemmeier does a particularly good job of clarifying some basic tenets of the Christian faith that are generally well known and accepted but the technicalities of such that are not generally understood: i.e. the legal justification by faith alone (not via the law), salvation through Christ, the Christian’s role in secular government, the universal applicability of grace and God’s motivation of love and mercy. The section “Grace and the State (13:1-7)” is especially powerful.

The author does overextend himself on two issues: infant baptism (pg. 95), and the Christian’s role with respect to the environment (pgs. 142-143). He takes a giant leap to apply scriptures to modern dilemmas, even though the verses convey a more broad, general idea. This is a minor blemish in an otherwise gorgeous composition.

Of note, this book will be overkill for the layperson or the casual reader.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Achtemeier on Romans 1 Oct 2008
By James Dinnan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It's good in that it gets straight to the point and refers readers to more in depth works if that is what they need. I personally prepare sermons using both types of commentaries. I like this one because the idea encapsulated in a few pages. Once I have a good round idea of the passage I move onto the deeper works like Schriener, Moo, Fitzmyer, Kaseman, Cranfield, Sanday and Headlam, and the like.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of the absolute best 8 April 2014
By Kenneth Clapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is by far my favorite, and go-to commentary on Romans. Achtemeier does and incredible job putting the text of Romans together and helping you see that Paul had a coherent train of thought all the way through the work. Most commentaries seem to break Romans apart as if one verse has nothing to do with the context around it. Achtemeier gets around all that to show the true scope and message of the book. And as a bonus, it's not a very big book, but it is absolutely packed with no filler. My only with is that Achtemeier would do a more intensive work to focus on some of the smaller details that had to be left our of this because of the size restrictions. This is one commentary I don't hesitate in the least to recommend to anyone what wants a serious study of Romans.
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