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(The NIV Application Commentary, New Testament #6)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  259 ratings  ·  30 reviews
This book, part of the NIV Application Commentary Series, helps readers learn how the message of Romans can have the same powerful impact today that it did when it was first written.
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published November 26th 2000 by Zondervan Academic
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Jeff Short
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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I thought going in this was just an abridged version of Moo's longer commentary, but was pleasantly surprised that was not the case. There are certainly times where the text commentary reads similarly, but it is usually in a shorter, summary form that can actually be helpful. The Bridging Contexts and Contemporary Significance sections add excellent practical applications that go beyond the longer commentary. If you were to only have one, I would suggest the longer commentary though it is more t ...more
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent commentary on the book of Romans. I highly recommend it!
Really like Moo's style. Romans is a difficult book to grasp unless you look only at the broad overview. Paul is so "wound up" when he writes this. He definitely has a point to make, and he makes it over and over, step by step, and then step by step again. Even a casual read of Romans reveals the intensity Paul feels when he writes this letter. Moo helps decipher it, while pointing out the various doctrines (sometimes contrary to each other) that have sprung from this letter. I've become a fan o ...more
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having read this commentary, I feel I have an even greater appreciation of Romans than I did before. I've taken a class on Romans, listened to all kinds of sermons about this letter, and read quite a few books about this treatise on the Christian faith. This may be my favorite of all of them. It was both theological and practical, which is what I wish every commentary was. I have no doubt that I'll be coming back to this as a resource for years to come! ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the hardest yet fulfilling books to preach through is the Book of Romans.  It is therefore extremely helpful that Zondervan Publications has put out a commentary on the Book of Romans in the NIV application Commentary series. This commentary is well-known and respected in both popular and scholarly circles. For the NIV application Commentary series truly helps the exegete understand the original context of the text as well as its contemporary significance.
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Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have used Douglas Moo as a resource for many papers but I had not read his commentary on Romans. The NIV Application Commentary on Romans is a very helpful walk through a complicated book. I appreciate Moo's careful handling of the text and his explanations on Greek words and tense (when the Greek makes the intent more transparent). I agree with Moo on the essentials of the faith and many of the non-essentials. I disagree with him on a few points but he is fair and it is clear he strives to pr ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
What Oswalt did for Isaiah, Moo did for Romans. If you want more exegesis supporting the theology here, read Moo's NICNT version. If you want more "application", this NIVAC version is for you. But given you're reading the book of Romans, you the application is rather matter of fact from Chapter 12 on, so you should pick a version based upon your comprehension level. If you can stomach it, get the NICNT version, but this one will suffice if you're feeling intimidated. ...more
Stephen Bedard
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent commentary on Romans. It includes both scholarly reflection and practical application. Moo is explicitly Calvinist in his interpretation but is respectful of other interpretations.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
El mejor comentario que he leído hasta la fecha sobre tan importante libro de la Biblia. Muy equilibrado con la doctrina y lleno de hermosas aplicaciones para nuestras propias vidas. Gloria a Dios por hombres como Moo. Llenos de sabiduría de lo alto y comprometidos con la verdad.
Julie Winkler
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent study!
Jay Merrill
Overall helpful.
Tina Springer
Interesting on the side of theologians point of view.
Jay Vellacott
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In depth exegesis, and does a great job breaking down cultural barriers and applying the text to current issues and to personal holiness.
Nate Weis
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Moo has incredibly helpful thoughts, but I can't help wishing I bought his more extensive commentary. The NIVAC series is, well, a little too heavy on application for my taste. ...more
Lindsay N
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! A great overview of a complex book.
Steve Hazell
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall a good commentary that does a great job of giving modern applications. It's not the deepest from a scholarly standpoint, but it definitely is a helpful tool. ...more
I studied the book of Romans during 2014. I gained greatly by taking a year to slowly study Romans, and this commentary was an extremely helpful tool. Romans - The NIV Application Commentary was in depth. I did not understand everything I read, and I certainly had to take my time, but every chapter was broken down into manageable sections. The Original Meaning section was by far the most difficult; I had to take my time. It was worth my efforts. Bridging Context and Contemporary Significance wer ...more
Frank Peters
This is the commentary on Romans in the NIV Application Commentary series, and was written by Douglas Moo. I have really thought highly of this particular commentary series. In general the authors have done an excellent job in bringing out the relevant applications of the particular passages. I also really like and respect this particular author – Douglas Moo. But, for some strange reason, this particular commentary did not resonate with me. I found the analysis of the passages excellent, but th ...more
Corey Hampton
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy consulting the NIVAC series in sermon prep. It's simple and clear without being simplistic. This work on Romans, however, didn't deal with a few things that I wish it had. Therefore, I would recommend following it with a few other more in depth commentaries, and with Lloyd Jones' exposition of Romans for application. But, that being said, it is a good introductory commentary. If you're wanting to study Paul's letter to the Romans for personal study, I would definitely recommend th ...more
Mar 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Moo's treatment of Romans is thorough and scholarly. His main emphasis is seeking out the correct meaning of the apostle Paul's text to the Roman Christians in the 1st century A.D. and then making application to our own lives today. I found most beneficial his explanation of the extra meanings that occur in the original Greek but are not obvious in English translations. As a current teacher of the book of Romans to a small group that meets in my home, I found this a really helpful resource. ...more
Doug Dale
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Very helpful commentary on Romans. I really liked the organization of the book which focuses on the meaning in the original context, a section on 'bridging' between that context and today, and then a section of practical application. It worked well to, each day, read the section in Romans and then the associated commentary. ...more
Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
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A good readable commentary on Romans - each passage is dealt with in three sections: Original Meaning (to the Roman Christians), Bridging Contexts (helping modern audiences understand the geographical, social, and temporal context), and Contemporary Significance (how does this apply to me as a 21st century American).
Chuck Bonadies
Mar 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Moo one of my favorite NT commentators and I've really grown to like some in the NIV Application set. However, this commentary was a bit of a let down. I think this was the wrong author to commission to a work such as this.

Sean McGowan
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rob Whelan
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Awesome. Clear and focused. High level issues-- good for impatient people like me.
Michael Combs
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Best "casual" commentary on Romans out there. His larger volume is even better. ...more
Justin Steckbauer
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent treatise of Romans, very balanced and powerful.
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Douglas J. Moo (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of commentaries on Romans, James, 2 Peter and Jude, and Colossians and Philemon and coauthor of An Introduction to the New Testament. He also headed the committee on Bible translation for the NIV revision.

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