Paul for Everyone Romans: Part Two Chapters 9-16 (The New Testament for Everyone) Paperback – 1 Jan 2005
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"No other commentary series comes even close." --The Christian Century
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About the Author
N. T. Wright is the Bishop of Durham in the Church of England. He is a prolific author and noted New Testament scholar, and was named by Christianity Today in 1999 as one of the world's top five theologians. He has written over thirty books, both at the scholarly level and for a popular audience.
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This is the second part of his exploration of Paul's letter to the Romans and it should be read after the first book which explains chapters 1 to 8.
Many readings of Romans make it sound like a two part book. Eight Chapters on salvation and five chapters on Christian living, with a three chapter commercial break on Israel in the middle. As Tom Wright has said, if you are reading it that way, you are reading it the wrong way. He reads the letter as being one continuous message from start to finish: about the uniting of Jews and Gentiles in the one family of God. How Jew and Gentile are united together is the subject of the early chapters, the letter then leads to a climax with a united Jewish and Gentile people praising God together in Chapter 15 verses 7 - 13. It is then topped off with Paul's great practical demonstration of unity. He is organising a collection from his churches, which have many members from gentile backgrounds, to take to the mainly Jewish background church in Jerusalem.
While Wright introduces the background to the letter in detail he is not content to give us a historical analysis and leave things there. This book is full of practical applications of the teaching of Romans for today. The vision of a united Church that lives seeing that all things are under God's rule is an inspiring one. As the author puts it at the end -
`When you glimpse even a little of what Paul has glimpsed of the wisdom, love grace, power and glory of the eternal God revealed in Jesus the Messiah - then you, too, will want to join him in piling up all the glory and praise and love and adoration you can muster. And you won't care how big a splash you make as you do so.'
There are a few details people may want to quibble with. I did not find his estimate of the size of the church in Rome as about 100 strong - based on Paul mentioning 24 names of actual church members near the end of the letter. If Paul knew so many people by name surely it would have been larger. But that is the kind of thing that you are left to question here. The vision Wright presents is convincing and builds up our confidence in God. His applications are useful for living our lives. Bravo!
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