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The Letter to the Romans

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  103 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Dr. Barclay's fresh translation and clear exposition make Paul's very complicated letter to the church in Rome easier than ever to understand. Both in mood and in method Romans is entirely different from Paul's other writings. Here he is settling down in a systematic fashion the essence of his faith--bequeathing in a "theological least will and testament" the ideas which h ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published December 31st 1975 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published January 1st 1958)
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Kathleen Dixon
I'm choosing this particular volume as representative of Barclay's entire commentary - The Daily Study Bible. I read this (or used it for research, rather) and a good many of the set when I was first doing some Biblical study. He's thorough and inserts a great deal of interesting historical information. I don't agree with much of his theology (apparently the conservatives find him unorthodox 'on several important doctrines' (100 Christian Books That Changed the Century, p.103); I, on the other h ...more
Seth Pierce
This is one of the better written, and easier to follow, commentaries on Romans. Barclay does a tremendous job providing a lot of cultural background, as well as etymologies for Greek words. He uses a lot of illustrations from early centuries to illustrate his points--making it a good lesson in history as well as theology.

His weaknesses come in chapter 3, 8, 9, and 14. While he has good things to say in each, you never leave the chapters really understanding what he thinks. Some of that is inten
In the effort to understand Paul's very complicated letter to the church in Rome, students will be more than ever grateful for the fresh translation and clear exposition which mark with such high distinction all the volumes of The Daily Study Bible series.

Both in mood and in method Romans is entirely different from Paul's other writings. For once, the apostle is not concerned with immediate, practical problems; he is, rather, setting down in a systematic fashion the essence of his faith--bequeat
Allison Fetch
A comment was made to me that William Barclay's books are quite dated and I would be better served reading commentaries by more modern authors. While I agree to a small extent, I also think that Barclay's explanations are largely timeless. I appreciate his excellent knowledge of the original languages of the bible and how he uses alternate or expanded translations of individual words to bring deeper meaning to the English translation which at times can be a bit clumsy because of these language d ...more
Oct 18, 2010 Dottie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dottie by: Cherlize
Letter to the Romans is one of my frequently visited Books of the Bible along with others of Paul's contributions. Barclay has added a great deal both to enjoying and understandings and I'll likely revisit his book as well in the future.
Didn't finish thus book or even use it like I had wanted to. The way it was written didn't appeal to me. In the end I was looking for a more devotional type commentary, that wasn't super long, but this didn't do the trick.
Thomas R. Merrill
Excellent study book for anyone desiring to better understand Paul's Letters to the Romans in the New Testament. Highly recommend.
Carlos Vallarino
Chapter 16 and the historical figures greeted there was an eye opener, made me more interested in the culture of the beginning of Xtianity.
Andrew Corrie
Barclay is a genial, informative and thought-provoking guide through some of the more complex passages of St Paul's writing.
Darby Karchut
I love all of William Barclay's books. This is the second time I'm going through Romans.
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