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The Epistle to the Romans (Murray)

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Careful scholarship and spiritual insight characterize this enduring commentary on Romans, generally considered to be Paul's most profound letter. In The Epistle to the Romans John Murray offers an exposition of Romans deeply penetrating in its elucidation of the text yet accessible to scholars, pastors, and students alike.

In his introduction to the commentary proper, Murray discusses the authorship, occasion, purpose, and contents of Romans and provides important background information on the church at Rome. Murray then provides a verse-by-verse exposition of the text that takes into account key problems that have emerged in the older and newer literature. In ten appendices that close the volume Murray gives special attention to themes and scholarly debates that are essential for a full-orbed understanding of Romans -- the meaning of justification, the relation of Isaiah 53:11 to the message of Romans, Karl Barth on Romans 5, the interpretation of the "weak brother" in Romans 14, and more.

This combined edition of Murray's original two-volume work, formerly published as part of the New International Commentary on the New Testament series, will hold continued value as a scholarly resource in the study of Romans for years to come.


Table of Contents:

Text, Exposition and Notes

Romans I

I. Salutation

II. Introduction

III. Theme of the Epistle

IV. The Universality of Sin and Condemnation

A The Gentiles

Romans II

B. The Jews

C. The Aggravation of the Jew’s Condemnation

Romans III

D. The Faithfulness and Justice of God

E. Conclusion

V. The Righteousness of God

Romans IV

VI. Corroboration from the Old Testament  

Romans V

VII. Fruits of Justification

VIII. The Analogy

Romans VI

IX. The Sanctifying Effects

A. The Abuse of Grace Exposed

B. The Imperatives for the Sanctified

Romans VII

X. Death to the Law

XI. Transitional Experience

XII. The Contradiction in the Believer

Romans VIII

XIII. Life in the Spirit

Appendix A: Justification

The Old Testament

I. The Usage

II. God’s Justification of Men

The New Testament

I. The Terms

II. The Righteousness Contemplated: The Romish Doctrine of Justification

Appendix B: From Faith to Faith

Appendix C: Isaiah 53:11

Appendix D: Karl Barth on Romans 5



Professor John Murray (1898-1975) was recognized in his own lifetime as one of the leading Reformed theologians in the English-speaking world. He spent most of his distinguished career teaching systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. A careful scholar, an eloquent lecturer, a moving preacher, and the author of many outstanding articles and books, Murray’s driving passions were to declare Christ’s Word, advance his cause, and bless his people.