Believers Church Bible Commentary
Romans was written by Paul, apostle of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles. As an apostle Paul spent his life traveling the Mediterranean area preaching the gospel and establishing churches. In the course of his missionary career, Paul wrote numerous letters to the churches he had established as a way to pastor them in his absence. Romans is the longest and most complex of Paul’s letters. John E. Toews explores why Paul writes to remind the Roman churches of God’s purpose for both Jew and Gentile and to reconcile Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Gentile church relationships.
"I have waited a long time for this commentary! For over a generation, scholars have been challenging the tradition interpretation of Romans based on Martin Luther's emphasis on justification by faith. But until now, few commentaries have thoroughly embraced the emerging paradigm, which seeks to read Romans in its original historical and social context. Even less has percolated into the life of the church at large. John Toews' commentary fills that gap." —Reta Halteman Finger, Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania
"At the center of every movement toward church renewal has been the rediscovery of Romans. Just after the World War, Karl Barth wrote a commentary on Romans which renewed church life. In the believers' church the book of Romans has always held a central place. John Toews makes it possible for all thinking Christians to understand Romans. That 'strange warming of the heart,' renewal of the mind, empowering of the will, and obedience faith all come together in this book. The interpreters of the believers' church have come of age." —William Klassen, University of Waterloo, Ontario