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J.R. Miller | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Oct 8 2009 12:08 AM

I am getting ready to preach through the book of Romans.  What is the best commentary on Romans Logos has to offer and what makes it the most valuable to you?

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Steven Yu | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 8 2009 4:11 AM

Boice's Expositional Commentaries - James Montgomery Boice

The Bible Speaks Today New Testament - John Stott

World Biblical Commentary

Tom Constable's Expository Bible Study Notes (you can also download it as PDF from here for free - http://www.soniclight.com/constable/notes.htm)

Too bad R.C. Sproul Exposition Collection are still on prepub, otherwise it will be a great resource as well.

 

 

 

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John Fidel | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 8 2009 5:19 AM

Hi Joe,

In addition to those mentioned above I recommend you take a look at the Pillar NT Commentary on Romans by Leon Morris. It one of the best currently available in Logos. It is balanced, thorough, scholarly, yet accessible by lay persons. You should consider this in your list along with WBC, NAC and Boice.

 

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Graceman | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 8 2009 5:30 AM

It is not in Logos but you can view it on CCEL, Romans by Newell is great and imho one of the best on a practical level.

 

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TCBlack | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 8 2009 6:27 AM

When I preached through Romans I fell in love with C.E.B. Cranfields ICC commentary on Romans (2 Vol.)  Thankfully, Logos has it:

A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, Vol. 1 [DOWNLOAD] A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, Vol. 1

A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, Vol. 2 [DOWNLOAD] A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, Vol. 2

I'm not personally familiar with the NICNT volumes (and sadly I've had to let my prepub order die Crying)

The WBC commentary on Romans is also fairly good, though I confess not to have read it with much breadth. 

In print I also valued Kasemann's Romans comentary but certainly not as much as the ICC.

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spitzerpl | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 8 2009 6:30 AM

Thomas Black:
In print I also valued Kasemann's Romans comentary

Despising MACS, utilizing prints....Heathen.

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spitzerpl | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 8 2009 6:41 AM

Philip Spitzer:

Thomas Black:
In print I also valued Kasemann's Romans comentary

Despising MACS, utilizing prints....Heathen.

For the record before it is not taken as a joke. HEATHEN was a joke...probably a bad one. I appreciate Thomas' input on these forums. I may not know a lot about his theological point of view (which is probably for the better in forums) but I can at least say I value his fever for the Word!

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TCBlack | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 8 2009 7:33 AM

Taken as a joke even without the caveat Philip.  "My skin ain't that thin".

As for my theological view point: Mine is the correct one of course.

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TCBlack | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 8 2009 7:39 AM

Joe Miller:
and what makes it the most valuable to you?

It appears I neglected the second half of your request.  So with Philip's permission I'll divulge.  (ahem).

Cranfield's exposition of Romans was simultaneously scholarly (and I appreciated that) and human (I truly appreciated that).  Cranfield's love of the word of God has been forged strongly.  I never felt as if he was questioning the word's authority over him or anyone else.  I always felt the tension he struggled with through difficult passages. 

His writing was not unnecesarily verbose; but I found that when deliberation over a point was necessary he most often took the time to make his point, and rarely did I catch him being dismissive of other view points.  If there were five viewpoints he would offer them all and then explain carefully why he personally eliminated the other four.  He did this with a consistent spirit of respect, but without coddling. 

On top of being exegetically sound his applications, when he homed in on them, were usually quite profound for me.

I can't recall that I particularly agreed with everything he wrote, but I probably did agree with most of it.  Nevertheless, even where I disagreed strongly I did not find myself disliking the man who labored so hard to expound God's word - however frail we all are in that pursuit.

 

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Dr. Charles A. Wootten | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 8 2009 7:46 AM

As a supplement to what has already been suggested, you may wish to take a look at the 4-volume set on Romans by Donald Grey Barnhouse at http://www.logos.com/products/details/3192 . I've found it somewhat interesting. I've both the print and the electronic edition. I'd almost give away the print edition for the right incentive...Geeked

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Andrew Chuter | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 8 2009 7:50 AM

My top three recommendation for Commentaries on Romans (and Don Carson's!) - all available in Logos (at least after next week if getting NICNT) -

  • Moo (NICNT) - wonderful!
  • Cranfield (ICC)
  • Schreiner (BECNT)

Osborne (IVPNTC) - also in Logos - very good, though less techical than above

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Donovan R. Palmer | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 8 2009 8:18 AM

Steven Yu:
Tom Constable's Expository Bible Study Notes (you can also download it as PDF from here for free

It's not free, but if you want/need Tom Constable's notes in Libronix format, they are available from several sources. I think Galaxie is actually the publisher, but you can buy it online here if I recall.

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spitzerpl | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 8 2009 9:03 AM

AndrewChuter:

all available in Logos (at least after next week if getting NICNT) -

  • Moo (NICNT) - wonderful!

available...if you'll pony up  $1200ish.

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Ted Hans | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 8 2009 9:11 AM

Joe Miller:

I am getting ready to preach through the book of Romans.  What is the best commentary on Romans Logos has to offer and what makes it the most valuable to you?

 1) Baker Exegetical Commentary, 2) Pillar New testament commentary 3) New American Commentary 4) Cranfield (ICC) 5) The Bible Speaks Today New Testament - John Stott & MacArthur's Romans commentary  6)World Biblical Commentary 7) Baker New testament commentary 8) The College Press NIV.

Of course pride of place must go to Moo's monumental NICNT commentary, then Thomas Schreiner & Leon Morris/ Cranfield (ICC) - for exegesis, getting into what Paul means in Romans. I am really not a fan of the WBC b/cos of it's "new perspective" stance on Paul but worth consulting otherwise.

The best Arminian commentary which take Romans 9 seriously is the college Press NIV but IMHO Schreiner does full justice to Romans 9.

Moo's NICNT & Schreiner's Baker Com are still the best on Romans. I like L, Morris because he marries exegesis with a devotional (in the best sense of the word) feel. Don't over look the College Press NIV if you have it, Jack Cottrell is a fine expositor. The Arminian Counterpart  & in the school of MacArthur & Stott .

Ted. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Steve Robinson | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 8 2009 9:41 AM

My favorite commentaries in Logos for digging into Romans are Boice Expositional, The Message of Romans (BST) and College Press NIV.

You might also want to visit www.bestcommentaries.com. (They were actually the subject of a Logos Blog post many months ago.) There you can see all (or most all) of the commentaries available on Romans (NT Books > Romans). While not every commentary listing has them, many have reviews by members and those gleaned off of Amazon. As an added bonus for Logos users, if you hover over the "Title" in the main listing, it will show you which ones are available in Libronix format (signified by the blue magnifying glass and cross). Happy researching.

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Donovan R. Palmer | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 8 2009 9:43 AM

Ted Hans:
Of course pride of place should go to Moo's monumental NICNT commentary

Before we were able to get the NICNT on Logos, I bought this in hard copy. I really resist buying hard copies of commentaries, but Moo's commentary on Romans was one that I had to make an exception for!!!  FWIW, I also bought Moo's commentary on Romans in the NIVAC. I found it a useful compliment to the NICNT.

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Matthew C Jones | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 8 2009 11:19 AM

Thomas Black:

I'm not personally familiar with the NICNT volumes (and sadly I've had to let my prepub order die Crying)

tc,

I am now weeping with those who weep Crying Crying  -- God knew my heat would go out in my home this month so my NICOT/NICNT savings must have been earmarked for that in reality. Sometimes I just want to ask "Why, Lord?".........

As for which commentary-?    NICNT for a preaching series.  Luther for personal meditation.  (but I don't preach anymore so what do I know?)

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J.R. Miller | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 8 2009 11:33 AM

Wow, thanks everyone for your thoughts on what is best in Logos.

I have a few of the basic commentaries mentioned, but nothing of the newer and more expensive ones. ICC, at least, is for purchase at $90/volume (ouch), but yeah, church planting does not lend itself to spending $1,200 on a commentary set :-) Maybe the bank will let me skip a mortgage payment? It seems to be working for a lot of other Americans LOL?

I will definitely compile a list from all your suggestions and see what I can come up with. I am excited to work through Romans and good reading is always a blessing!

Thanks also for those of you who suggested paper books. I don't have an office and right now I have 300 books in storage that I have not been able to access for 3 years since I started planting my church. I do most of my study and preparation in coffee shops and at the Library, so paper is not a great option right now. I appreciate the suggestion though.

Does anyone have an opinion from experience with HORÆ HOMILETICÆ by Charles Simeon?

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David Buckham | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 8 2009 11:35 AM

In college (about 10 or 11 years ago now) I remember reading a great book called A Rereading of Romans by Stanely Stowers.  I remember it was really good stuff.  Don't know if it is on Logos.  But if you can spring the money for it, check the Anchor Bible commentary.  Also, the Stowers book was printed by Yale.

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J.R. Miller | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 8 2009 11:36 AM
A few folks mentioned Boice. I only see his commentary in the set. Does Logos sell just the Romans part separately? I don't see it, but just wondered if I am missing it.

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