Romans Commentary – Thomas Schreiner Interview

Romans commentary book coverThomas R. Schreiner is the author of the Romans commentary (original and revised) in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series. Dr. Schreiner (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Schreiner joined the Southern faculty in 1997 after serving 11 years on the faculty at Bethel Theological Seminary. He also taught New Testament at Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Schreiner has degrees from Western Oregon University, Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary.

Dr. Schreiner, a Pauline scholar, is the author or editor of several books including, Interpreting the Pauline Epistles (published: 1990); The Law and Its Fulfillment: A Pauline Theology of Law (published: 1998); The Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology of Perseverance and Assurance; Still Sovereign: Contemporary Perspectives of Election, Foreknowledge, and Grace co-edited with Bruce A. Ware (published: 1995); Women in the Church: A Fresh Analysis of I Timothy 2:9-15; Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology (published: 2005).

7 Questions with Dr. Schreiner on Romans in the BECNT Series

Dr. Schreiner recently revised his well-reviewed Romans commentary in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series. The original edition was published in 1998; the revised edition was published in October, 2018. I am grateful that Dr. Schreiner recently agreed to answer a few questions about this volume. This is the second Question-and-Answer interview Dr. Schreiner has participated in with Best Bible Commentaries. Please see his first Q & A, which is on his Hebrews commentary in the Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation series.

1. What previous research and/or personal interests led you to this project and helped prepare you to write this commentary on Romans?

I wrote a book on Paul and the law and had spent time thinking therefore on the New Perspective on Paul, which prepared me well for writing on Romans.

2. Who is the intended audience for this commentary? Would it benefit pastors? professors? students? lay Christians in the local church?

I would say pastors, professors, and students.

3. What is unique about this commentary? What contribution does it make to studies of Romans?

The Baker format is easy to follow. I don’t argue for anything dramatically new about Romans, but I try to set forth clearly Paul’s argument in the letter.

4. What section or passage of this commentary was particularly memorable to research and write? Why?

I suppose Romans 7 since there are so many views about what it means!

5. What personally edified you in writing this commentary, increasing your affections for Christ?

Writing Romans reminded me regularly of the gospel, that salvation isn’t my work but the work of the Lord.

6. Besides your commentary, what are your top recommended books (commentaries or otherwise) on Romans?

Doug Moo NICNT

Frank Thielman ZECNT (also see Frank Thielman’s Q & A on this volume)

David Peterson in Biblical Theological commentaries published by Broadman and Holman

Joseph Fitzmyer is excellent for history of research

Charles Cranfield’s 2 volumes in ICC are outstanding

7. What is next for you? What project are you currently working on? How can people follow your work and ministry?

I have a book coming out on Acts and the Pauline Letters which will be published by Baker.

I am revising my Pauline theology and my commentary on 1-2 Peter and Jude, and they should come out in the next year or two.

I am on twitter @DrTomSchreiner

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