Romans – John Murray – New International Commentary on the New Testament

Romans commentary by John MurrayJohn Murray is the author of the Romans volume in the New International Commentary on the New Testament series.

Careful scholarship and spiritual insight characterize this enduring commentary by John Murray on Romans, first published in 1959 as part of the New International Commentary on the New Testament series.

After a brief introduction to the authorship, occasion, setting, and message of the epistle, Murray provides a verse-by-verse exposition of Romans that is deeply penetrating in its elucidation of the text.

In ten appendices he gives special attention to select themes and scholarly debates—the meaning of justification, Isaiah 53:11 in relation to Romans, Karl Barth on Romans 5, the interpretation of the “weak brother” in Romans 14, and more.

Murray’s classic commentary on Romans in this new edition will continue to be valuable to pastors, students, and scholars everywhere.

John Piper calls Murray’s volume “the most beautifully written commentary on the planet.” [1]

Commentary Reviews

• Desiring God: a Top 3 recommended commentary on Romans

• Tom Schreiner: recommended; “worth reading today, especially for its theological depth”

• Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Romans; “a valuable work well worth consulting”

• D.A. Carson: “will guide you stolidly with the heavy tread of the proverbial village police officer”

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Volume Specifications

Hardcover: 694 pages
Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co; New edition edition (February 1, 1980)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 080282286X
ISBN-13: 978-0802822864

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