Yet again, Tom Wight does a masterly job of opening the Scriptures, helping the reader to not only understand the message being conveyed to the original recipients, but to also apply its wisdom to the church today. Paul's letter to the church in Rome is often considered to be a masterpiece, yet at the same time it puzzles the average reader because of the dense arguments and structure. This frequently results in cherry-picking a few verses to reduce the whole letter to a statement about justification by faith rather than works. Wright resists this, and breaks down Paul's argument into a series of logical and forceful steps, whereby he shows that through Jesus God has been faithful to the covenant promises made to Abraham and calls all people, both Jews and Gentiles, to obey Jesus as Messiah and Lord and so become the people of God that was always envisage. Wright has a knack for making complex concepts easy to grasp, without undermining the vastness and majesty of God's person, plans or power. He leaves us in awe of a God who personally intervenes to do what no human has been able to do, and so bring forgiveness and new life, not just to humans, but to the whole of creation. Whether you are simply wanting to know more about Romans, or starting to get to grips with its theological issues, this is an ideal place to begin. A second volume covering chapters 9-16 is available, giving an indication of the depth in which Wright covers the material.
Extremely readable, very illuminating. Tom Wright unpacks this great letter, by bringing appropriate Old Testament texts, 1st century contexts, giving clarity to Paul's words, which for many seem confusing. If you have read or tried to read Romans and given up because you find the arguments too difficult or confusing, then this book is for you.
I have never read any of the bible in depth before, and was concerned that this book might be too complicated for me. However, I found it easy enough for me to follow without being so basic as to be of little value. I couldn't wait to reach the end of this book before ordering Romans Part 2, which I am now making my way through with equal enthusiasm, and have now gone on to order 1 Corinthians. I was also able to discuss the contents of Romans confidently with a visiting speaker at our church, who happens to be a bible translator. The book of Romans has been responsible for bringing many famous individuals (including St Augustine) to a new and deeper understanding of the Christian faith, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to more fully examine this magnificent letter for themselves.
I found The New Testament book of Romans to be quite a difficult one to get my head around with Paul not making this process particularly easy with his style of writing. Tom Wright's commentary , like all of the ones that I have read , helps to make it clearer in the author's usual accessible and anecdotal way. This book centres mostly on explaining Paul's doctrine of justification by faith as outlined by the apostle over a number of chapters which are central to core Christian beliefs.This is a book to come back to time and time again.
Packaging/delivery good as usual. Also as usual, Tom Wright writes clearly and engagingly. He only states his opinion on the meaning of the text so some commentators would disagree with him. This is to be expected in a popular commentary. If you want a full range of view you buy a much larger and more expensive commentary. This one is also great for daily readings.
Tom Wright has produced an excellent and scholarly series of books that guide the reader of the New Testament into deeper pathways of understanding. He has an easy, readable style often laced with personal stories to illustrate the exegesis of the passage. I recommend this whole series of the New Testament for Everyone unreservedly.
As with the rest of the 'Everyone' series this book is outstanding. In 30 years of following Jesus I have never come across a book that showed Romans as a whole letter. Everything stitches together once you realise that Paul wasn't writing a book on systematic theology.