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The Epistle to the Romans

(The New International Commentary on the New Testament)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,018 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Douglas Moo's work on the Epistle to the Romans is part of The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Prepared by some of the world's leading scholars, the series provides an exposition of the New Testament books that is thorough and fully abreast of modern scholarship yet faithful to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God. ...more
Hardcover, 1012 pages
Published September 30th 1996 by Eerdmans
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Jacob Aitken
This is a near-perfect commentary in every way. It is a model of judicious, analytical reasoning yet always with an eye to the church. To better serve the theology student, this won’t be a standard book review. I am going to highlight many of the key exegetical moves Moo makes, so that you will know what to look for.

1:16. “Paul’s ministry to the Gentles derives from his understanding that the Gospel itself as eschatological revelation that fulfills the OT promises about the universal reign of Ya
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
For me too detailed an approach. My problem, not Mr Moo's. ...more
This was probably the most I have ever enjoyed reading a commentary (which is good considering it was 941 pages of commentary...). Moo is a thorough scholar, a lucid writer, and weaves academic research and devotional prose together extremely well here. I read this for an exegesis class on Romans, but I was personally helped by reading this quite a bit. I also read Tom Schreiner's commentary on the Greek text with this. I tended to side with Schreiner more on questions of the Law and it's applic ...more
George Scanlan
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a great exegetical commentary. Like the other entries in this series of commentaries, this volume is extremely scholarly in scope and approach, but a wealth of knowledge and expertise that would supplement any serious study of Romans.
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Everything you want to know about the sticking points of Romans and the kitchen sink is in this monster too. How do people write stuff like this? Who is this Moo guy? Could use a new less frightening cover design.
Mike Curtiss
May 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Great Romans commentary. Presents multiple views on lots of important exegetical questions. I especially liked his treatment of the end of Romans 7. (No, I haven't read the whole thing!) ...more
Ryan Linkous
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful commentary. It serves as a model for all biblical commentaries.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve also been using Moo for preaching through Romans. I also listen to his Lectures on Romans 1-7 in companion to this. Moo is probably my favorite of the commentaries I’ve read on Romans.
Jeff Short
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: commentary, romans
This is a really good commentary on Romans. Moo gives a good balance of exegetical and theological work. For various passages, he interacts with different views and generally explains why he adopts the view he does. There were different places where I disagreed with Moo, some of those quite minor and some less so, but this is the kind of commentary that is helpful even when you disagree. He gives enough explanation for his view that it is helpful to work through it. This is a must have commentar ...more
Todd Bryant
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding in every way. This is the Robert Haldane Commentary of our day. I cannot recommend this book enough for the pastor that is preaching through Romans. This is not a commentary built for "reading". It is a deep, rich commentary meant to dissect every meaning of every significant word and phrase in this glorious book. ...more
Samuel Sammy
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To read this commentary and feel satisfied and amazed is all I hoped for. Thoroughly brilliant. Douglas J Moo is a great writer and scholar.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very good. (I quibble with a few things, but that's to be expected in over 900pp.) ...more
Jesse Ramshaw
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary. Especially Moo's commentary on Romans 7. ...more
Horrid Beasts
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theological, own
5 out of 5 stars
Ryan Boyer
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Moo is an exceptional commentator. I've read this entire commentary at least twice over the last twenty years. Continues to teach me. ...more
Frank Peters
May 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
After seeing such high ratings, I purchased this commentary as part of my study in Romans. Then, over the last five months, I have systematically read through the book. Now that I am done, I feel relief. It was not a pleasant read, nor was it particularly enlightening. I chose the word “enlightening” carefully, because the commentary was certainly filled with a great amount of academic details and was therefore often quite interesting. The problem I felt with the book was that it seemed separate ...more
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christan, commentary
This a a conservative Christian commentary on the book of Romans in the Bible. It is in what I now consider my favorite series of commentaries-abbreviated NICNT/NICOT-New International Commentary on the Old or New Testament. It is non-partisan. It explains what the text says and does not really try to make the text justify any particular denominational opinion which I really like. Some commentaries are devotional-with a focus on what does the text say to ME or how can this be applied today. This ...more
Scot Schieferstein
Again, I have not read the commentary in its entirety since I was co-teaching a class and only had time to dig into the relevant passages on what I taught.

In conjunction with Schreiner's commentary, you cannot go wrong consulting one of the leading scholars on Romans in Moo. Like Schreiner (who comes after Moo's commentary) the author is well-balanced and engages interpretations of the Book of Romans in a winsome way. You will clearly understand the issues of interpretation and find Moo to be re
Jack Stewart
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have not found, and very much doubt I could find, a better commentary on Romans. Extremely helpful and clear. Skilfully untangles some of the complex strands of Pauline thought, hits the balance well on controversial subjects and is humble in desisting from imposition on that which is not clear.
This would be the book I would give to anyone undertaking an in-depth study or teaching series on Romans.
Chuck Bonadies
Jan 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding commentary on Romans!

Moo interacts very well with the New Perspective on Paul. His explanation of "the righteousness of God" and "works of law" (excursus form)is very helpful. He appears to offer something of a nuanced Lutheran view throughout the book. By far, my favorite commentary on Romans.

Caleb Bissett
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have worked through much of this commentary and Moo's work is just outstanding. Even when one disagrees they will appreciate where he is coming from and how he has carefully thought through each passage and the book as a whole. ...more
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: commentary
Excellent commentary on Romans. Easily in the top 5 ever, so say I! Reformed (broadly). Has some sympathy with New Covenant Theology ideas.
Steve Shuford
Jun 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
This too is a great commentary on Romans. I learned a lot from it.
Jay Risner
May 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Really, really good work done here.
James B
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
slugging my way through it after 7+years..ugh but I'm halfway!! ...more
Feb 02, 2012 added it
A must-have commentary on Romans
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm reading through most of this commentary while preaching through Romans. Excellent! ...more
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is almost universally accepted as the best commentary on Romans. I would agree. Buy it and read it!
Darby Stouffer
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spring-semester
Well laid out. Only complaint is his seeming disdain for any notion of the Mosaic Law being at all relevant today, even the moral law.
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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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The New International Commentary on the New Testament (1 - 10 of 29 books)
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  • The Gospel of Mark (New International Commentary on the New Testament)
  • The Gospel of Luke
  • The Gospel According to John
  • The Gospel of John
  • The Book of the Acts
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