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Overview This commentary on Romans is a rich gift to the contemporary church, its lay leaders, pastors, and scholars. The eighteenth volume in the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series gives new eyes for readers to see what the central message of Romans really is. Growing out of years of scholarship on Romans, professor John E. Toews presents a provocative reinterpretation of Paul's letter.
Publishers Description Romans was written by Paul, apostle of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles. As an apostle Paul spent his life traveling the Mediterranean area preaching the gospel and establishing churches. In the course of his missionary career, Paul wrote numerous letters to the churches he had established as a way to pastor them in his absence. Romans is the longest and most complex of Paul's letters. John E. Toews explores why Paul writes to remind the Roman churches of God's purpose for both Jew and Gentile and to reconcile Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Gentile church relationships. 464 Pages.
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Studio: Herald Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.79" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.93" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Jul 22, 2004
Publisher Herald Press
Series Believers Church Bible Commentar
ISBN 083619277X ISBN13 9780836192773
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More About John E. Toews
Toews has a rich professional career in teaching biblical studies and serving as an academic dean and president at various Mennonite colleges and seminaries. He served at Fresno Pacific College, Conrad Grebel University College, Tabor College, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary. At the end of December 2002, Toews retired as president of Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario.
John E. Toews currently resides in the state of California. John E. Toews was born in 1937.
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From the cover: Aug 10, 2005
From the book: This commentary on Romans is a rich gift to the contemporary church, its lay leaders, pastors, and scholars. The eighteenth volume in the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series gives new eyes for readers to see what the central message of Romans really is. Growing out of years of scholarship on Romans, the author presents a provocative reinterpretation of Paul's letter.
Vigorous and crucial reading of Romans Jul 10, 2005
John E. Toews - emeritus Professor of New Testament at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary and former President of Conrad Grebel University College - has provided a noticeably fresh, vigorous, and crucial interpretation of Romans.
Toews explores each passage of Romans in four sections: a preview, explanatory notes, comment on the text in biblical context, and comments on the text in the life of the church. Toews excels in keeping the big picture in view, while offering breakthrough translations, eye-popping structural analyses, and a cornucopia of insights derived from Jewish and Greco-Roman history and current Pauline scholarship.
According to Toews, Paul's thesis and gospel is that God's end-time power has arrived to save or set-right the world, both Jews and Gentiles, which is revealed through both the righteousness of God and the wrath of God (1:16-18). According to Toews, Paul's thesis is then expanded in three major arguments.
In the first argument, Paul describes how the wrath of God is poured out impartially on all humanity (1:18 - 3:20).
In the second, Paul explains how the righteousness of God is revealed through the "faithfulness of Jesus" (3:21-26) and through God's power "to make people righteous" through faith(fulness), exemplified by Abraham (4:3-25). This means peace with God (5:1-11), solidarity with Christ (5:12-21), liberation from the sin as power, which exploits the law, and submission to the Spirit, who fulfills the law in us (6:1-8:11), and incorporation into the family of God (8:12-39). Since this argument raising questions for Jews, Paul is then forced to explain the Jew-Gentile relationship in God's plan (9:1-11:36). I found Toews' explanations very helpful regarding the difficult and debated chapters of Rom 9-11.
In Paul's third argument, the revelation of God's righteousness is revealed in the righteous and faithful community (12:1-15:13), characterized by sacrificial living, non-conformity, and transformation (12:1-2), renewed minds and loving relationships (12:3-16), commitment to the "political realism" of non-retaliation, paying taxes, and loving neighbors (12:17 - 13:14), and tolerant welcoming of one another (14:1-15:13).
For many readers, studying Toews' commentary will be like reading Romans again for the first time. First, Toews embraces the New Perspective on Paul. Second, he offers unique translations that are occasionally awkward, often refreshing, but always grammatically and semantically justifiable. And third, he masterful elucidates Paul's apocalyptic, especially sin as an enslaving cosmic power (distinct from acts of transgressions) that can only be overcome by grace and the Spirit.
Written for the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series, Toews places Mennonites and Anabaptists in conversation with Paul, which is, of course, unparalleled by any other Romans commentary. For example, after analysis of Rom 5:1-11, readers hear the story of P.M. Friesen making peace (149), after Rom 5:12-21, Sebastian Franck expresses his opinion on "original sin" (167), and after Rom 13:1-7, Menno Simons speaks out on what we owe civil magistrates (326).
Unfortunately, the commentary suffers from occasional repetitiveness, awkward phrases (Toews represents the Greek too literally at times), and an unconvincing argument that the "I" of Rom 7:14-25 represents collective Israel (Toews 194-7).
Still, Toews' commentary is a brilliant gift to the church and deserves attention by scholars and careful reading by all.