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Best Bible Commentaries on Romans

Romans is the sixth book of the New Testament. Authorship is traditionally attributed to the Apostle Paul. The letter is addressed to Christians in Rome and was meant to prepare the way for Paul’s desired visit in the future. Romans is full of theological teachings. The theme of the book is justification by faith for all who believe in Jesus. Commentaries on Romans often address the salvation of believers, the unbelief of Israel collectively, and the proper lifestyle of believers.

Romans (NICNT) by Douglas Moo

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Accolades:

  • D. A Carson: a "best buy" on Romans; "the best Romans commentary for pastors available in English"
  • Desiring God: a Top 3 recommended commentary on Romans
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Romans
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a careful and theologically astute exposition"
  • Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Romans; "in terms of intermediate-advanced level commentaries, this one is the best place to begin"

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From the publisher: "Written for scholars, pastors, and lay readers alike...undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God."

Romans (BECNT) by Thomas Schreiner

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on Romans
  • Desiring God: a Top 3 recommended commentary on Romans

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
Romans (NIVAC) by Douglas Moo

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Epistle to the Romans (NTC) by John Murray

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  • Desiring God: a Top 3 recommended commentary on Romans
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "worth reading today, especially for its theological depth"
  • Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Romans; "a valuable work well worth consulting"
  • D.A. Carson: "will guide you stolidly with the heavy tread of the proverbial village police officer"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
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The Epistle to the Romans (two vol.: ICC) by C.E.B. Cranfield

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on Romans; "undoubtedly important...provides students with an education in grammatical exegesis"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Romans
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended: "technical but outstanding commentary," "rich theological insights"
  • Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Romans; "one of the most thorough commentaries on this book"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
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  • Scholars/professors doing research
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Romans (NIGTC) by Richard Longenecker

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Romans

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From the publisher: "At a time when the study of Greek is curtailed in many schools of theology, we hope that the NIGNT will demonstrate the continuing value of studying the Greek New Testament... the volumes of the NIGNT are for students who want something less technical than a full-scale critical commentary... the supreme aim of this series is to serve those who are engaged in the ministry of the Word of God and thus glorify God's name."

Romans (two volumes; WBC) by James D.G. Dunn

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "exponent of the 'new perspective'"
  • D.A. Carson: "certainly worthy of diligent study"

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Romans (two volumes; For You) by Timothy Keller

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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The Epistle to the Romans (PNTC) by Leon Morris

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  • Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Romans; "careful and considered," "highly recommended"
  • D.A. Carson: "its strength is the seriousness with which it takes the text"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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The Message of Romans (BST) by John Stott

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a meaty exposition with application to today"

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The "the three distinctives of The Bible Speaks Today series are (1) "BST authors are committed to a serious study of the text in its own integrity," (2) that "expositors should not be antiquarians, living only in the remote past" but suggest application for living, and (3) "each book is intended to be both readable in style and manageable in size."

Romans (PNTC) by Colin Kruse

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  • D.A. Carson: "Kruse writes with clarity, verve, and good judgment, making this work another favorite for pastors"

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Romans (TNTC) by F.F. Bruce

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Romans (NAC) by Robert H. Mounce

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From the publisher: "The New American Commentary is introduced to bridge the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This new series has been designed primarily to enable pastors, teachers, and students to read the Bible with clarity and proclaim it with power."

Romans (St. Andrews) by R.C. Sproul

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Romans (two volumes; MNTC) by John MacArthur

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Romans (GSC) by Charles Hodge

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  • Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Romans; "rich in exegetical and theological insight"

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Paul's Letter to the Romans by Peter Stuhlmacher

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a helpful brief exposition of Romans"

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Romans (Story of God) by Michael Bird

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Romans

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Romans (AB) by Joseph A. Fitzmyer

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a brief commentary, including interaction with the church fathers, by a famous Roman Catholic scholar"

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Romans (two volumes; For Everyone) by N.T. Wright

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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Romans (Teach the Text) by C. Marvin Pate

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When in Romans by Beverly Roberts Gaventa

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Romans

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Romans (EGGNT) by John Harvey

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The Epistle to the Romans by Karl Barth

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