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Romans Concordia commentaryRomans 1-8 in the Concordia commentary series articulates the meaning of the Greek text of Romans in its original context for the benefit of the church and world today.

Those without any knowledge of Greek will also profit from utilizing the volume.

It provides insights that will enhance the understanding and effectiveness of scholars, pastors, and teachers who have the privilege of proclaiming Paul’s most famous letter.

This commentary seeks to be theologically thorough in as few words as possible.

Romans is the Spirit-breathed, living, and powerful Word of God. Its purpose is to bestow the righteous of God, which comes through faith alone, and to inculcate the life of faith in and through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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About Michael P. Middendorf: Michael P. Middendorf was born and raised in St. Paul, Minn. He received all of his education at Lutheran schools, including a B.A. in pre-seminary studies from Concordia University-St. Paul (1981). He worked there for three years as an admissions counselor and guest instructor o Greek before enrolling at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO., where he earned his M.Div. (1987), S.T.M. (1989), and Th.D. (1990) degrees.

Dr. Middendorf served as a parish pastor in Jamestown, N.D., from 1990 to 1992 and as a professor of religion and biblical languages at Concordia University Texas (in Austin) from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been professor of theology in Christ College, at Concordia University Irvine, in California. Hi is also a pastoral assistant at Trinity Cristo Rey Lutheran Church, a bilingual congregation in Santa Ana, Calif.

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“There is need for a heavyweight Lutheran commentary on Romans. The latest Concordia Commentary volume by Michael Middendorf admirably meets that need. Though this is a high level commentary which interacts with other high level commentaries, it is not overly technical.

This reviewer found the entire commentary to be very readable. Throughout the commentary, the preacher will find great gospel quotes. Middendorf’s exegesis is thorough and satisfying. This is an important commentary because it is the first major Lutheran commentary to address the New Perspective on Paul. …

This is a book that deserves to be used for sermon and Bible class preparation and for personal study. Middendorf is also writing the forthcoming Concordia Commentary on Romans 9-16. He ends his commentary on Romans 1-8 by saying, ‘The journey on which Paul leads us throughout Romans is far from over’ (p 733). We look forward to it.”

— Daniel Waldschmidt
Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly

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