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Summary

Careful scholarship and spiritual insight characterize this enduring commentary on Romans, generally considered to be Paul’s most profound letter. In The Epistle to the Romans, John Murray offers an exposition of Romans deeply penetrating in its elucidation of the text yet accessible to scholars, pastors, and students alike. In his introduction to the commentary proper, Murray discusses the authorship, occasion, purpose, and contents of Romans and provides important background information on the church at Rome. Murray then provides a verse-by-verse exposition of the text that takes into account key problems that have emerged in the older and newer literature.

In ten appendices that close the volume Murray gives special attention to themes and scholarly debates that are essential for a full-orbed understanding of Romans-the meaning of justification, the relation of Isaiah 53:11 to the message of Romans, Karl Barth on Romans 5, the interpretation of the “weak brother” in Romans 14, and more. This combined edition of Murray’s original two-volume work, formerly published as part of the New International Commentary on the New Testament series, will hold continued value as a scholarly resource in the study of Romans for years to come.


At some point in my late teens it dawned on me that I needed to study some books of Scripture with more particular care. Romans was obviously one of them—and this wonderful volume was one of the fi rst two commentaries I ever bought on the letter. Although I think I have about 120 commentaries on Romans now, I return to this one more than any other. Careful exposition, great theology, deep devotion to Christ, a sense of the majesty and holiness of God is on every page. I owe this book more than I could ever say.
–Sinclair Ferguson

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