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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: IVP; 1st Paperback Edition edition (21 Sep 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851111432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851111438
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.2 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Stott sees Romans as the fullest account of the gospel in the New Testament, and as a manifesto of human freedom through Jesus Christ.

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Paul's letter to the young church in Rome has dramatically influenced Christians through the ages. It has been described as a 'gateway into heaven'.

In his letter Paul gives a complete picture of the gospel - the fullest and grandest in the New Testament. His horizons are vast, taking in time and eternity, the past, present and future of humanity, and the great themes of justification, sanctification and glorification.

This is the most personally rooted of John Stott's expositions, for he confesses to have re-encountered Paul's letter constantly throughout his Christian life. At the same time, her interacts with other commentators, some of whom are challenging interpretations that are time-honoured and traditional. He sees Romans as a Christian manifesto for our increasingly unstable world, emphasising the good news of freedom through Jesus Christ. Paul's vision of this freedom is astonishing. It overcomes ethnic conflict, the darkness of moral guilt, condemnation from God and alienation from others. It is a freedom to serve God and our neighbours in love.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By suegarbaby on 30 Oct 2013
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An amazingly well-written and well-referenced book with logical structure and thought-process, and explanations which show thoughtful consideration to the message Paul writes in Romans. The writing is also easy to read and understand and it has certainly improved and enhanced my knowledge and understanding of this amazing Bible section. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms Valerie E Stewart on 19 Feb 2013
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This is a serious scholarly book but again easy to follow, excellent for the theology students of my (lower) calibre and probably excellent for people who are doing much more studying than I have time for
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BA on 2 Aug 2013
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As expected John Stott's commentary lives up to expectations and is thoroughly to be recommended. His grasp of the material is second to none.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lanny Arensen on 9 Sep 2011
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Thank you for your incredibly quick response and for the new book! It was well packaged and arrived in perfect condition
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Best on Romans: Conservative, Scholarly, Logical 10 Aug 2004
By Edward J. Vasicek - Published on Amazon.com
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I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is an ideal commentary for pastors, professors, and serious laymen. If you can only afford one commentary on Romans, make it this one.

Serving as a pastor for over 25 years, I have either taught or preached through Romans on several occasions. As I was sharing my plans to tackle Romans yet another time, my good friend ( a fellow pastor with degrees from Moody, Dallas, and Trinity) said, "Ed, you have to get Stott's commentary. It is the best. I just did Romans and bought Stott's when I was half-way through. Wish I had it the whole time." Since my pal hesitates making recommendations and does not inflate matters, I knew it had to be good. I took my friend's word and was not disappointed. It was better than I imagined. Much better than Hodge, Lenski, Newell, and a host of others. Not tedious or tangent-prone like some of the mega-sets.

Stott is first and foremost an interpretter. He addresses possibilities and then draws his conclusion. He is solid, conservative, believes in sovereign grace, and truly seeks to understand the original intent of the author. His purpose is to interpret correctly, not to twist texts to fit an agenda.

He is thorough yet not tedious; understandable but not simplistic; concise, but not cold. The commentary is 406 pages (not including the study guide at the end), but the print is large and easy on the eye. The many Scripture references are footnoted at the bottom of each page (making them easy to find), as are other references, but they take up little space at the bottom. There are no tedious explanatory notes footnoted; all you need is in the text itself.

If you are a Bible-believing Christian, this volume is the one to get.
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Great for preaching & presentation ideas 13 Aug 2005
By David A. Bielby - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a preaching pastor who tries to work from the Greek text. I've read and marked up most of my Stott copy on Romans. It is in my top five commentaries on Romans and I use it a lot. However, I have to disagree with the other two reviews on this book.

Some positives on this book include:

Instead of giving the typical break at 1:15 & 1:16, like most commentators, Stott explains it like this:

Vs 14 I am bound

Vs 15 I am eager

Vs 16 I am not ashamed

(1:16 & 17 state the theme of Romans, but Stott splits 16 off and matches it to the end of the previous paragraph. This fresh view makes one think. I believe that is one of Stott's great assets). So he is unique and has some really good things to say. It's worth reading. It is great for preaching ideas. However, many times he gives a view that flows from one perspective of theology on a verse, with no hint or cue that there are other views that may differ from him. Sometimes his perspective is not really taken seriously by contemporary scholars-yet Stott fails to even mention there are opposing views. So he can have a bit of eisegetical theology mixed into his exegesis. For this reason, I totally disagree with the reviewer who said something like if you could only own one commentary on Romans that this was the one to get. It probably should be number three or four in a list of priorities-not number one, at least for exegetical work.

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At one point he brings Calvinistic terminology into a simple use of the term law, attempting to suggest an exegetically exotic view. More careful commentaries, like Moo on Romans reject his approach as difficult to support. Another example is his effort on Romans 6 to say that the power of sin is not included in what Paul is talking about. Stott insists that it is the guilt of sin only that Paul is covering in 6:1-14. There is no contextual factor to warrant that conclusion. Again, more thorough and careful evangelical works on that section do not agree with his assessment. (Stott is this way in his Ephesians commentary as well).

So how I use Stott is for a fresh look at the text and great phrases that preach well. As far as exegetical accuracy, I would lean towards Moo and Edwards on Romans. So I recommend Stott on Romans, but not for every paragraph-and not as the main commentary one owns for serious work in the Greek text. For that, one cannot be without the NICNT by Moo-which is far more complete and careful in its analysis. So if you can afford to get Stott, add him to your collection and compare what he says to other guys like Edwards Moo, Kasemann, etc....He's got a great way of phrasing things and I've used his phrasing in sermon outlines more than once.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Exposition of Romans 30 Jun 2006
By Dr. Marc Axelrod - Published on Amazon.com
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John R.W Stott is one of the best scholarly pastors in the world because of his academic zeal coupled with a shrewd sense of how scripture applies to our lives. This really comes through in his Romans commentary. After a brief introduction where he descrobes how the book of Romans has impacted great Christian people of faith like Martin Luther, John Wesley, and Karl Barth, he dives right into the text. He identifies Romans 1:16-17 as the main theme of the book, and he teaches the federal headship of Adam in Romans 5. He sees Romans 7 as the present experience of the struggling believer, and he sees Romans 9 as teaching God's unconditional election of certain individuals to salvation and others to specific roles in redemptive history if not salvation (Pharoah, Esau).

The book is a treasure trove of good thoughts for preachers of the Romans to consider. It is highly recommended.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Scholarly, comprehensive, readable. 13 Sep 2007
By Dennis L. Gibson - Published on Amazon.com
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Stott conveys a sturdy solidarity with the historic Christian faith, rather than promoting any pet agendas of his own, or an abrasive combat with opposing views. He reasons in the spirit of an objective scientist whose field is theology. He offers evidence, reasoning, and cordial summaries of several conflicting viewpoints on key, difficult passages. The conclusions he favors in each case he sets forth mildly in a way that leaves the reader feeling equipped with a credible stance to take on the issue. So, this commentary serves the teacher as a rich resource, and the simple Christian studying Romans as uplifting nourishment to the soul.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
awesome 6 Jun 2014
By Paul Barnette - Published on Amazon.com
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A great commentary on Romans. Easy to read and understand. Would highly recommend it. We are using this in small group bible study.
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