Paul’s Letter to the Romans : A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

Author: Witherington, Ben
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co Press ©2004
Format: Paperback; 459 pages
Language: English
Library Section: Religious Section (REL)
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Location: Ellen G. White Study Center
Call Number: REL 227.1077 WIT 2004
Status: Reserved
Stocks Available: 1 copy

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ISBN-10: 0802845045
ISBN-13: 978-0802845047

Bible scholar Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive the M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell. A popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings not only in the United States but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia. He has also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Witherington has written over thirty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications, and is a frequent contributor to the Beliefnet website.

Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network..

While Paulbs letter to the Romans is the most studied and commented-on document from the biblical period, the major exegetical books on Romans from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have been overwhelmingly shaped by the Reformed tradition. Through a careful survey of work on Romans by both ancient Church Fathers and modern exegetical scholars, Ben Witherington III here argues that the interpretation of Romans since the Reformation has been far too indebted to -- and at key points led astray by -- Augustinian readings of the text as filtered through Luther, Calvin, and others.


In this first full-scale socio-rhetorical commentary on Romans, Witherington gleans fresh insights from reading the text of Paulbs epistle in light of early Jewish theology, the historical situation of Rome in the middle of the first century A.D., and Paulbs own rhetorical concerns. Giving serious consideration to the social and rhetorical background of Romans allows readers to hear Paul on his own terms, not just through the various voices of his later interpreters. Witheringtonbs groundbreaking work also features a new, clear translation of the Greek text, and each section of the commentary ends with a brief discussion titled bBridging the Horizons, b which suggests how the ancient text of Romans may speak to us today.

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