16 Best Romans Commentaries You Must Read First

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1) The Epistle to the Romans (The New International Commentary on the New Testament)



The New International Commentary on the New Testament provides an exposition of Scripture that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship, yet loyal to Scripture as the Word of God. It is an authoritative guide to the text of Scripture, bridging the cultural gap between today’s world and the world of the Bible. Contributors are gifted writers and scholars who open each commentary with an introduction to the biblical book. Other features are: a select bibliography, the author’s own translation from the original Hebrew and Greek texts, verse-by-verse comments, in-depth discussions of technical matters and more. Douglas Moo pens the volume on Romans.


2) Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans


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Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans was first published in 1835 and, after several editors, was completely rewritten by Hodge in 1864. This last revised edition has since become a standard resource for teachers, pastors, and educated laypersons. Hodge’s introductory material, chapter analyses, and verse-by-verse exposition provide — even after after more than one hundred years — solid, relevant instruction for today’s students of the Bible.


3) Epistle to the Romans (New Testament Commentary)


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This 1,000 plus page commentary on John was written by Douglas Moo for Baker Academic in 1996. It’s part of the New Testament Commentary series which Hendriksen began. Since Hendriksen’s death in 1982, the series has been continued by Simon J. Kistemaker. In 2001 the series was completed with the publication of Revelation.


4) The Epistle to the Romans (The Pillar New Testament Commentary)


The 15 volume Pillar New Testament Commentary is designed both for serious students and for general readers of the Bible. The authors provide rigorous exegesis and exposition and contemporary relevance of the Bible. The New International Version is the translation of choice for the English text, the authors base their exposition on the Greek New Testament. The Epistle to the Romans is a truly superb commentary in the Pillar series and was written by the late Leon Morris, who was Principal of Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia.



5) The Epistle to the Romans 1-8 (Vol. 1)



With 59 volumes and 54 authors, the International Critical Commentary is huge in scope. Published by T&T Clark International, this series brings together all the relevant aids to exegesis: linguistic and textual, archaeological, historical, literary, and theological, with a comprehensiveness and quality of scholarship unmatched by any other series. This series is under the editorship of Professor J. A. Emerton of Cambridge, Professor C. E. B. Cranfield of Durham and Professor G. N. Stanton of Cambridge.  C. E. B. Cranfield – Emeritus Professor of Theology at the University of Durham, UK – writes volume 1 The Epistle to the Romans 1-8.


6) Commentary on Romans (Luther Classic Commentaries)



Luther Classic Commentaries (published by Kregel Classics) is a series of classic commentaries on a variety of themes by Martin Luther – one of the world’s greatest expositors.  Luther was born in Germany and is famous for his protest, The Ninety-five Theses, which he nailed to the door of the castle church of Wittenberg. His classic Commentary on Romans has been translated by J. Theodore Mueller.  Luther’s teaching on grace, faith, and the teachings of Paul remain very powerful even today.

7) Romans – 14 Volume Set



This fourteen volume set on Romans was written by the late David Martyn Lloyd-Jones.  He was a scholar, preacher and doctor.  This outstanding body of work is over 5,000 pages and published by Banner of Truth.

8) Romans: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture



Robert H. Mounce – president emeritus of Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington – writes Romans: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture for The New American Commentary. Highly regarded as a go-to for the minister or Bible student who wants to understand and expound their understanding of the Scriptures, this series is readable and scholarly simultaneously. Key features include: commentary based on the new international version, sound scholarly methodology that reflects research in the original languages, NIV text printed in the body of the commentary, interpretation emphasizing the theological unity of each book, and readable and applicable exposition.


9) Romans (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)



The 18 volume, highly accessible Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series is known for its thoughtful scholarship for studying pastors and its readability for lay people. Authors include a wide variety of scholars from differing theological persuasions who investigate a variety of viewpoints. Each volume contains the original Greek words as well as the corresponding transliterated and translated phrases.  The volume on Romans comes from Thomas R. Schreiner- professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.


10) Romans: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries)



The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking world, the 20 volume Tyndale New Testament Commentaries are a trusted resource for Bible study. They are written by some of the world’s most distinguished evangelical scholars and offer clear, reliable and relevant explanations of every book in the New Testament. The introduction to each Tyndale volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. Tyndale commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. Additionally, it comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation.  The late F. F. Bruce writes the Romans volume.  Bruce was the Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester in England.


11) Romans: Revelation of God’s Righteousness (Focus on the Bible)



The 41 volume Focus on the Bible Commentaries are written by top evangelical scholars and pastors. They are designed to be readable for ordinary Christians, reliable for in-depth study of the Bible, and relevant for daily Christian life. For each section of the Bible, these accessible commentaries summarize the passage of Scripture (including the intentions of the authors), the historical and cultural environment, and the questions and issues raised by a particular passage.  Paul Barnett pens the volume on Romans.


12) Romans (4 Volume Set)


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The late James Montgomery Boice – who was senior pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and president and cofounder of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals wrote the 4 volume set on Romans for the The Boice Commentary (published by Baker Books).  His words artfully explain the meaning of the text and apply its concerns to the church, Christianity, and the world in which we live.

13) Romans: New International Biblical Commentary



The 43 volume New International Biblical Commentary series is written by world-class evangelical scholars. Whether you’re preparing a lesson or sermon or simply studying for your personal reasons, the New International Bible Commentary provides you with a study resource that combines convenience with depth and relevance.  The volume on Romans comes from James R. Edwards – Professor of Religion at Jamestown College.


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



Ben Witherington – one of the most outstanding New Testament scholars of current time – brings us Paul’s Letter to the Romans: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary for Eerdmans.  This is a well researched, clearly written commentary that will help you understand and embrace Romans.

15) The Epistle to Romans, Revised (Black’s New Testament Commentary)



With 13 volumes and 10 authors, Black’s New Testament Commentary series is a reliable and readable study of the New Testament for modern readers. Each commentary offers a paragraph-by-paragraph exposition based on the author’s own fresh translation of the biblical text. Pastors, students, scholars, and general readers will find this series a crucial aid to a better understanding of the New Testament. The Romans volume is written by C. K. Barrett.


16) Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set)


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Calvin’s Commentaries are a 22 volume timeless set of texts by John Calvin – the French theologian and pastor of Geneva who was one of the principal 16th-century Reformers. Calvin’s commentaries display a unique combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. This is a massive and classic collection on both Old and New Testament books with over 22,000 pages in total. Features include: advanced searching by passage and topic, passage guides and reports, sermon preparation and more.








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