Item description for Romans: A Commentary (Hermeneia: a Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible) by Robert Jewett, Eldon Jay Epp & Roy D. Kotansky...
Overview Deeply conversant in the full range of questions and interpretations of the letter, Jewett's commentary explores the crucial and controverted passages that have always animated studies of Romans. Jewett also incorporates the exciting new insights from archaeology of the city of Rome, social history of early Christianity, social-scientific work on early Christianity, and the interpretation and reception of Paul's letter through the ages. Breaking free from abstract approaches that defend traditional theologies, Jewett shows that the entire letter aims to elicit support for Paul's forthcoming mission to the "barbarians" in Spain. His work specifically focuses on Paul's missionary plans and how they figure in the letter, on Paul's critical and constructive tack with the Roman community, and finally and especially on how Paul's letter reframes the entire system of honor and shame as it informed life in the Roman Empire at the time. The latter remains a pertinent message today. The first commentary to interpret Romans within the imperial context as well as in the light of the situation in Spain, this landmark commentary, twenty-five years in the making, will set the standard for interpretation of Romans for the next generation.
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Studio: Fortress Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.52" Width: 8.56" Height: 2.22" Weight: 4.95 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2006
Publisher AUGSBURG FORTRESS PUB. #99
ISBN 0800660846 ISBN13 9780800660840
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More About Robert Jewett, Eldon Jay Epp & Roy D. Kotansky
Robert Jewett is Visiting Professor of New Testament at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.
Robert Jewett currently resides in the state of Iowa.
Robert Jewett has published or released items in the following series...
Abingdon Basic Bible Commentary
Genesis to Revelation
Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible
Reviews - What do customers think about Romans: A Commentary (Hermeneia: a Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible)?
A new 'New Perspective' Jan 15, 2007
Jewett's commentary on Romans will take its place beside those written by Dunn and Cranfield as absolute must-haves for serious work. His understanding and application of Greco-Roman rhetorical theory does a better job of explaining some of the structural questions surrounding Romans than any other work I've seen. His ancient parallels are eclectic but usually germane to the point under consideration.
One of the reasons I didn't mind investing countless hours reading a 1,000 page commentary on a 7,101 word book was the way he carefully demonstrates exegetical alterations to quoted texts from the Septuagint. That feature alone makes the book worth more than half of its hefty price tag. Indeed, this commentary will become one of the standards for new exegetes just because of how it deals with the rhetorical tradition and how masterfully Jewett explains Paul's use of the Old Testament.
Theologically, his work leaves something to be desired. It is hard to fault a scholar for wanting to see Romans as more than a piece of systematic theology, but it seems to me at times Jewett goes too far in the direction of finding what he perceives as Paul's motivation for writing a situational letter everywhere he looks. His argument that Romans was written to encourage Roman churches to get along so that they could support Paul's mission to Spain is nothing new. But he almost sounds hostile to any kind of dogmatic intent on Paul's part. It's as if Jewett doesn't think that incorrect dogma had anything to do with the internecine strife between churches in the eternal city.
Jewett tries to go behind Augustine's understanding of the righteousness of God as forgiveness and finds that, instead, Paul was concerned to overcome the cultural obsession with gaining honor and avoiding shame among believers at Rome. Although he may have a valid point in some sections of the letter, the endless special pleading on this theme becomes tiresome after about 20 or 30 references to it.
He also has the annoying habit of, on the one hand referring to 'The Father of Jesus Christ' but then referring to God with a feminine pronoun. As an amateur grammarian (theological concerns notwithstanding) that bugged me.
On the whole, though, the bibliography is amazingly complete and up-to-date (especially in German and English). The only thing this commentary is lacking, as far as I can tell, is a little more interaction with patristic exegetes, but at 1,011 pages, you have to leave something out eventually.