- Recipient of the Gold Medallion Award for Commentaries (1989) by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association
- Greek vocabulary and verb tenses are regularly discussed
- Designed both for serious students and for general readers of the Bible
- Commentaries are exegetical in nature, but with an intent to aid expositors
A clear but profound statement of the essential message of Christianity, the Epistle to the Romans has had a major influence both on great minds and on humble believers throughout the history of the church. Christians have found this epistle especially significant for its discussions of universal sinfulness, the meaning of the death of Jesus, the place of faith, the permanent significance of Abraham, the place of the Jews in God's plan, and other great doctrines. In this commentary, noted scholar Leon Morris takes a fresh look at the many problems posed by Romans and helps contemporary readers understand the complexities of faith and interpretation associated with the epistle.
In his introduction, Morris deals with matters of authorship, destination, date, occasion, and contents in a relatively brief but helpful way. The commentary proper consists of a careful verse-by-verse exposition of the meaning of the text plus full and informative footnotes. While first of all exegetical, the commentary does concern itself with critical questions, especially in the footnotes and Additional Notes. Here also the reader will find considerable interaction with the immense body of literature on Romans, but Morris's approach to the study of the epistle remains clearly his own.
The relevance of Romans for modern readers is as great as it has ever been for any earlier generation, says Morris, and we neglect it at our peril. His careful and thorough exposition enables readers to better understand Romans, one of the greatest and most spiritually uplifting books in the Bible.
About the Series
The Pillar New Testament Commentary, designed for serious readers of the Bible, seeks above all to make clear the meaning of the text of Scripture as we have it. Writers of the PNTC volumes interact with the most important, informed contemporary debate yet avoid undue technical detail. Their ideal is a blend of rigorous exegesis and exposition, scholarship and pastoral sensitivity, with an eye alert both to biblical theology and to the contemporary relevance of the Bible.
While the New International Version is the translation of choice for the English text, Pillar authors base their exposition on the Greek New Testament. They are deeply committed to a fresh wrestling with the text, using every means at their disposal to "loosen the Bible from its pages" to help readers understand what the text says and how to apply it to life today.
Underlying the approach of this series is the fact that God stands over us rather than we in judgment of him. When God speaks to us in his Word, those who profess to know him must respond with reverence, a certain fear, a holy joy, and a questing obedience. These attitudes are reflected in the profoundly Christian stance of the PNTC authors toward the text. With these values in place, the Pillar commentaries will continue to be warmly welcomed by pastors, teachers, and students everywhere.
About the Author
Leon Morris (1914–2006) retired as Principal of Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia, in 1979. He is the author of more than forty books, including The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross, Matthew in The Pillar New Testament Commentary, and the volumes on John,/i> and the Thessalonian epistles in the New International Commentary on the New Testament.
Morris has done something significant in a field in which it is terribly difficult to do anything else of significance. He has produced a carefully crafted, clearly expressed exposition of Romans from which specialist and nonspecialist alike can benefit.