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Bray, Gerald Lewis.
Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill. : Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, [1998]

Physical Description:
xxvii, 404 pages ; 27 cm.
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BS2665.3 .R66 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Choice Review

The writing of commentaries on biblical books seems to know no end as the Bible, like Shakespeare, is an inexhaustible textual reservoir. This is especially true when it comes to Paul's letter to the Romans--and for good reason. Not only is Romans reputedly the most systematic and theologically important document in the New Testament, it also may be fairly argued that Paul's Romans is the foundational document for Christianity and one of the most important documents for Western culture. It is thus not surprising to find yet two more commentaries on Romans. What does surprise is the particular niches these works are seeking to fill. Unlike technical commentaries, such as Frank Moore Cross et al.'s Hermeneia (1972), William Sanday's text (1980) in T&T Clark's venerable "International Critical Commentaries" series, or even James D.G. Dunn's Word Biblical Commentary (1988), Schreiner's commentary does not seek to resolve all grammatical and historical issues in the text. Schreiner's Romans is expositional and thus directed to pastors. But it is aimed at pastors who are evangelicals and who have a very particular view of the Bible as "inspired." Further, and most importantly, Schreiner's commentary (and the series of which it is a part) reads like an extended essay on a Reformed theology. Schreiner's volume might be useful for an upper-level undergraduate course on Romans. It is less likely to engage faculty or research students. Bray's volume, on the other hand, should be welcomed by undergraduates, graduates, and faculty alike. Bray's work comprises a useful compendium of ancient commentary on Romans. Through the use of a computer, the editor first assembled many passages from nearly inaccessible patristic and medieval authors; then he selected, annotated, and introduced the most rhetorical, insightful, and theologically relevant passages. This volume thus serves more as a reference tool and an actual commentary than does Schreiner's. It is ironic that these two volumes should be paired. By fossilizing a now dated Reformed reading, Schreiner's commentary strikes a precritical stance, while Bray's, by emphasizing the different ways in which Romans has been heard through the ages, opens to a postcritical appropriation of this important text and is highly recommended. C. C. Newman; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary