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The Best Commentaries  13
Commentaries
.      1500’s  4
.      1600’s  4
.      Simple  11
.      Intermediate  18
.      Advanced  6
Early Church  5
Medieval Church  2

Introduction to Romans  2
Chapters in Romans
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Romans ch. 8

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The Best Commentaries on Romans

1500’s

Calvin, John – Commentary on Romans

*** – Spurgeon

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1600’s

Brown, John, of Wamphray – An Exposition of Romans with Large Practical Observations, Delivered in Several Lectures  Buy  †1679

Brown (1610-1679) was a late Scottish covenanter, exiled in Holland.

** – ‘By a Calvinist of the old school.  Heavy, perhaps; but precious.’ – Spurgeon

Dickson, David – An Expositon of all St. Paul’s Epistles together with an explanation of those other epistles of the apostles St. James, Peter, John & Jude, wherein the sense of every chapter and verse is analytically unfolded and the text enlightened  (Romans-Jude)  Buy  1659  

Dickson was a prominent Scottish covenanter.

*** – ‘Dickson is a writer after our own heart.  For preachers he is a great ally.  There is nothing brilliant or profound; but everything is clear and well arranged, and the unction runs down like the oil from Aaron’s head.  In this volume the observations are brief.’

Note that the Banner of Truth reprint contains Dickson’s commentary on less books than the original.

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Simple, Brief and Practical

Wilson, Geoffrey – Romans: a Digest of Reformed Comment  Buy  1969  Banner of Truth

“A brief, Reformed treatment which is thoroughly abreast of the latest literature.” – Cyril J. Barber

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Intermediate

1800’s

Brown, John, of Edinburgh – Analytical Exposition of Romans

***  “Dr. Brown’s work must be placed among the first of the first-class.  He is a great expositor.”

Haldane, Robert – Exposition of the Epistle to the Romans, with Remarks

***  “Dr. Chalmers styled this ‘a well-built commentary,’ and strongly recommended it to students of theology.  In his ‘Sabbath Readings’ he writes: ‘I am reading Haldane’s Exposition of the Epistle to the Romans and find it solid and congenial food.” – Spurgeon

“First published between 1835-39, this Reformed commentary by a Christian layman has enjoyed a wide-spread ministry since its first appearance. The lectures were delivered in Geneva and brought about a genuine movement of the Spirit among the theologues who heard them.” – Cyril J. Barber

Hodge, Charles

Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans  Buy  1837  Reformed, Princeton

***  “Hodge’s method and matter make him doubly useful in commenting.  He is singularly clear, and a great promoter of thought.”

Questions on Hodge’s Commentary on Romans: Designed for Bible Classes and Sunday Schools  1846

Lange’s Commentary – Commentary on Romans

*** – Spurgeon

Plumer, William – Commentary on Romans

**  “Plumer is a laborious compiler, and to most men his works will be of more use than those of a more learned writer.” – Spurgeon

Robinson, T. – A Suggestive Commentary on Romans, vol. 1 (1-8), 2 (9-16)

***  “A good book in a good style.  Worth any amount to preachers.” – Spurgeon

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1900’s

Murray, John – Epistle to the Romans  Buy  in New International Commentary on the New Testament

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Advanced

Shedd, William G.T. – Critical and Doctrinal Commentary on Romans  Buy  1879  460 pp.

“Designed for the theologian, it provides an exhaustive exegetical study of the epistle. Reformed.” – Cyril J. Barber

Vaughan, Charles J. – St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, the Greek Text with English Notes  1880  360 pp.

Vaughan was an Arminian Anglican and chaplain to the Queen.

***  “Very valuable to students of the Greek.  The result of independent study and honest labor.” – Spurgeon

“A helpful commentary on the Greek text. Arminian.” – Cyril J. Barber

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Commentaries on Romans

1500’s

Colet, John – An Exposition on Romans  d. 1519  rep. 1874  

Colet was a reforming, English, humanist, Roman Catholic priest who was critical of the Church and was a friend of Erasmus.

Luther, Martin – PrefaceCommentary on Romans

Luther’s Preface was historically foundational to the Reformation.  Luther is good, but he cannot be relied upon in every area of Romans. 

Specifically he does not affirm the 3rd Use of the Law (that the Law is a guide to the Christian’s path) and he interprets the motif of the flesh vs. the spirit as the sinful inclinations of a man’s body vs. his spirit, whereas the scriptural phraseology denotes by ‘flesh’ man’s sinful body and soul together and by ‘spirit’, the influence of the Holy Spirit. 

For the latter interpretation, why it is correct, and the flow of thought in the passages (Rom. 6-8 especially), see the commentary of John Calvin.

“This indispensable work contains lectures which were first delivered to his students in 1515-16, and shows the process through which Luther went as he grappled with the problems of Roman dogma versus justification by faith.” – Cyril J. Barber

Corro, Antonio – A Theological Dialogue, wherein the Epistle of St. Paul the Apostle to the Romans is expounded  ToC  1575

Corro (1527-1591) was a reformed professor of divinity.

Vermigli, Peter Martyr – A Most Learned and Fruitful Commentary upon the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans wherein are diligently and most profitably entreated all such matters and chief common places of religion touched in the same Epistle  ToC  d. 1562

**  “Being in black letter, and very long, few will ever read it; but it contains much that will repay the laborious book-worm.” – Spurgeon

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1600’s

Day, William – A Paraphrase and Commentary upon the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans  ToC  1666

Day (d. 1684) was an Anglican.

Ferme, Charles – A Logical Analysis of Romans  PoD  †1617  

Ferme (1565-1617) was a reformed Scottish divine.

Willet, Andrew – A Six-fold Commentary upon Romans  1620

Willet (1562–1621)

**‘This work is called by its author [1562-1621] a Hexapla, because he treats his subject under six heads, giving ‘a sixfold use of every chapter, showing:

1. The method of argument;
2. The diverse readings;
3. The explanation of difficult questions and doubtful places;  
4. The places of doctrine;  
5. Places of confutation;  
6. Moral observations.’

Willet is tedious reading; his method hampers him.  In all his Commentaries he lumbers along in his six-wheeled wagon.’ – Spurgeon

Wilson, Thomas – A Commentary on Romans  1614

Wilson (1563-1622) was a reformed Anglican. 

**  “Intended for the less-instructed among the preacher’s hearers, and put into the form of a dialogue.  It is very solid, but does not contain much which is very striking or original.” – Spurgeon

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Popular, Simple & Practical

1800’s

Anderson, Robert, of Brighton – A Practical Exposition of St. Paul’s Epistles to the Romans  1837

**  “After the manner of Charles Bridges.  Full of holy unction and devout meditation.” – Spurgeon

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1900’s

Newell, William Reed – Romans, Verse-by-Verse  Buy  1938  Moody

“A practical, devotional treatment containing many digressions. Usable illustrations. Of value to the expositor.” – Cyril J. Barber

Harrison, Norman Baldwin – His Salvation, as set Forth in the Book of Romans  Buy  1926

“An expository gem. Warmly devotional and ideal for use with laymen’s groups.” – Cyril J. Barber

Thomas, William Henry Griffith – St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans: a Devotional Commentary  Buy

“A helpful, practical and devotional commentary which is of particular value to pastors for its excellent outlines and illustrations.” – Cyril J. Barber

Erdman, Charles – The Epistle of Paul to the Romans: an Exposition  Buy

Erdman was a conservative liberal and the chief antagonist to J. Gresham Machen during the restructuring of Old Princeton Seminary.

“A devotional and practical commentary on the theme of this epistle.” – Cyril J. Barber

Archer, Gleason – The Epistle to the Romans: a Study Manual  Buy  1959

“A brief outline giving the main argument of the Book. Evangelical.” – Cyril J. Barber

Clark, Gordon – ‘Romans’ in The Biblical Expositor: The Living Theme of the Great Book with General and Introductory Essays and Exposition, 3 vols.  Buy  ed. Carl Henry  1960

This little known commentary set by leading evangelicals (many of which were reformed) is brief (think airplane view) but helpful.

Barnhouse, Donald – Romans, 4 vols.  Buy  1966

Barnhouse (1895–1960) was a famed reformed preacher of 10th Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.

“An exposition of Bible doctrine which is very full, well illustrated and appropriately applied.” – Cyril J. Barber

Lloyd-Jones – Romans, 6 vols.  Buy

A classic example of powerful, reformed preaching through the book of Romans.  Jones is considered to be one of the 20th centuries best preachers.

Steele, David & Curtis Thomas – Romans: an Interpretative Outline  Buy  1963

“A brief outline of the main teaching of the epistle from a strongly Calvinistic viewpoint. Not always clear on the teaching of those branded as ‘Arminian’. Maintains an unswerving allegiance to the inerrancy of the Word of God.” – Cyril J. Barber

Vos, Johannes – Romans  Buy

“Johannes G. Vos developed these studies in Romans during his pastorate in a Kansas farming community. Later, they were published in his theological journal Blue Banner Faith and Life.  For the first time, these articles, which originally appeared over a period of several years, first in the ’50s and again in the ’70s, have been collected and published as a single volume. 104 lessons with review questions.”

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Intermediate

1800’s

Brown, David

Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, Embracing the Latest Results of Criticism  1860

Brown was a conservative and a professor in the Free Church of Scotland.  This work is different both from the work below and from his contribution to Romans in the Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary on the Whole Bible.

The Epistle to the Romans, with Introduction and Notes  1883  in Hand-Books for Bible Classes, ed. Dods & Whyte

Chalmers, Thomas – Lectures on Romans  1863  530 pp.

Chalmers was one of the leaders in the Free Church of Scotland.

**  “Our preferences as to expositions lie in another direction; but we cannot be insensible to the grandeur and childlike simplicity which were combined in Chalmers.” – Spurgeon

Ewbank, W.W. – A Commentary on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans with a New Translation and Explanatory Notes, vol. 1 (1-8), 2 (9-16)  1850

**  “A sound evangelical comment, very good and gracious.  In condensed thought this work is not rich: it is adapted for general reading.” – Spurgeon

Forbes, John – Analytical Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, Tracing the Train of Thought by the Aid of Parallelism, with Notes and Dissertations on the Principal Difficulties connected with the Exposition of the Epistle  1868

***  “We think Dr. Forbes carries the idea of parallelism further than it should go.  It can only be applied strictly to poetical books, which Romans is not.  He tries to bring out the other side of the truths taught in Hodge, Edwards, and Calvin; but we confess our preference of those authors to himself.  The work will greatly edify those whom it does not confuse.” – Spurgeon

Ford, James – St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, Illustrated from Divines of the Church of England  1862  730 pp.

On his work on the Gospels:  **  “Those who wish to see what the Fathers said upon the Gospels, and to read the choicest sayings of the early Anglican bishops, cannot do better than consult Ford, who has made a very rich collection.  Some of the extracts do not materially illustrate the text, but they are all worth reading.” – Spurgeon

Fry, John – Lectures, Explanatory and Practical, on the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans   1816  515 pp.

**  “Having no theory to serve in this instance, Fry writes to edification.” – Spurgeon

Godwin, John – The Epistle of the Apostle Paul to the Romans, a New Translation with Notes  1873  Most of the Greek phrases are translated into English in the text.

**  “Such a book as students need while studying the Greek text in college.” – Spurgeon

Moule, H.C.G.

Romans  in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary

Moule (1841–1920) was an evangelical Anglican.

“One of the finest and most helpful expositions available today. Deeply devotional, based upon a very careful exegesis of the text, and abounding in practical truths.” – Cyril J. Barber

The Epistle of Paul to the Romans, with Introduction and Notes  1903  290 pp. in The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

“A capable exegetical study which contains notes on the text by a leading Calvinistic theologian of the last century. Not as valuable as the author’s exposition in the Expositor’s Bible. Anglican.” – Cyril J. Barber

Schaff, Philip & Matthew Riddle – Romans  in A Popular Commentary on the New Testament  1879

Schaff (1819–1893), the famed Church historian and N.T. scholar, came from a German-Reformed background, though was also the lead proponent of the High-Church Mercersburg Theology.  Riddle (1836–1916) was of a Dutch Reformed background and had a similar professorial and literary career.

Stephen, John – Exposition of the Epistle to the Romans, A Series of Lectures  1857

**  “Sound in doctrine, practical in tone; above mediocrity.” – Spurgeon

Walford, W. – Curae Romanae: Notes on the Epistle to the Romans, with a Revised Translation  1846

**  “Walford makes comments of considerable value; he does not stand in the front rank, but his mediocrity is respectable.” – Spurgeon

Wardlaw, Ralph – Lectures on Romans, vol. 1, 2, 3

**  “Wardlaw interprets with great sobriety and spirituality, and we never consult him in vain, though we do not always agree with him.” – Spurgeon

Williams, Henry W. – An Exposition of St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans  1869   Williams was a Wesleyan minister.

**  “This epistle has a fascination for Arminian writers; it affords them an opportunity for showing their courage and ingenuity.  Mr. Williams’s book is instructive.” – Spurgeon

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1900’s

Lenski, R.C.H. – The Interpretation of St. Paul’s Epistle of the Romans  Buy  1945

“A conservative Lutheran exposition based upon the Greek text. Lenski manifests a rigidity in handling the original which at times mars his treatment; however, his strengths far outweigh his weaknesses.. Amillennial.” – Cyril J. Barber

Hamilton, Floyd Eugene – The Epistle to the Romans: an Exegetical and Devotional Commentary  Buy  1958  235 pp.  Baker

Rev. Hamilton graduated from Princeton Seminary in 1919 (Th.B.) and 1926 (Th.M.), was ordained by the Presbytery of Wooster (PCUSA) and served as a missionary to Korea, first under the auspices of the PCUSA’s Board of Foreign Missions, and then as a missionary with the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions.

Hamilton was a founding member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, but transferred his credentials into the Presbyterian Church, U.S. (aka, Southern) in 1955 and served his last pastorate, 1964-1969, in a Reformed Presbyterian, General Synod church in Indianapolis.

“A strongly conservative, Reformed exposition.” – Cyril J. Barber

Bruce, F.F. – The Epistle of Paul to the Romans  Buy  in Tyndale New Testament Commentaries

“Draws upon a wide knowledge of literature, frequently cites theological writers, and provides an understandable and, in many ways, significant exposition of this epistle. Occasionally the comments are too brief to be of help to the pastor, and at other times exceptionally full.” – Cyril J. Barber

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Advanced

1800’s

Gifford, Edwin H. – The Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans, with Notes and Introduction  1886  245 pp.  from The Speaker’s Commentary

“A very thorough, amillennial exposition based upon the Greek text. Should be purchased if found because of its helpful exegetical insights.” – Cyril J. Barber

Godet, Frederic – Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans  1881  470 pp.

“This exhaustive and technical commentary provides an excellent treatment of the argument of the epistle. The author surveys the varying theories, refutes theological liberals who differ with him on important points of doctrine, and adequately defends his views. A valuable addition to a pastor’s library!” – Cyril J. Barber

Olshausen, H. – Commentary on the New Testament adapted especially for preachers and students: Romans  1850

**  “Nobody seems very enthusiastic as to Olshausen, but some authors have borrowed from his pages more than they have confessed.  Personally we do not care for him, but many prize and all respect him.” – Spurgeon

Stuart, Moses – Commentary on Romans  1854  680 pp.

**  “Moses Stuart is judged to have been at his best in Romans and Hebrews.  The present work is in some points unsatisfactory, on account of certain philosophico-theological views which he endeavors to maintain.  Mr. Haldane denounced him as by false criticism ‘misrepresenting the divine testimony in some of the momentous points of the Christian scheme.’  The charge was too true.” – Spurgeon

Tholuck, A.F. – Exposition of St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, with Extracts from the Exegetical Works of the Fathers and Reformers  1842

Tholuck was one of the more conservative German liberals.

**  “Moses Stuart confesses his great obligations to this eminent divine, who far exceeds the most of his German brethren in spirituality, and is not behind them in scholarship; yet even he is none too orthodox nor too reverent in his treatment of Holy Scripture.” – Spurgeon

Liddon, H.P. – Explanatory Analysis of St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans  1893  320 pp.

Liddon was a High-Church Anglican, known for his Bampton Lectures defending the deity of Christ.

“A thorough, technical commentary which provides preachers with a comprehensive outline of the epistle. Frequently serves to give readers useful insights into the trend of Paul’s thought.” – Cyril J. Barber

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The Early Church on Romans

Compilations

ed. Bray, Gerald – Ancient Commentary on Scripture: Romans  Buy

Tholuck, A.F. – Exposition of St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, with Extracts from the Exegetical Works of the Fathers and Reformers  1842

**  “Moses Stuart confesses his great obligations to this eminent divine, who far exceeds the most of his German brethren in spirituality, and is not behind them in scholarship; yet even he is none too orthodox nor too reverent in his treatment of Holy Scripture.” – Spurgeon

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Individual Fathers

Origen – Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, Books 1-5 & 6-10  Buy

Ambrosiaster – Commentaries on Romans and 1 & 2 Corinthians  Buy

Chrysostom – Homilies on Romans

**  ‘Enough of solid truth and brilliant utterance will be found here to justify this father’s title of ‘Golden Mouth’; but still all is not gold which fell from his lips, and to modern readers Chrysostom is not so instructive as he was to his own age [A.D. 349-407].’ – Spurgeon

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The Medieval Church on Romans

Peter Abelard – Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans  Buy

Aquinas, Thomas – Commentary on Romans

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Introduction to Romans

1500’s

Tyndale, William – A Compendious Introduction, Prologue or Preface unto the Epistle of Paul to the Romans  1526  45 pp.

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1800’s

Hort, F.J.A. – Prolegomena of St. Paul’s Epistles to the Romans and the Ephesians  1895  235 pp.

“Brief and to the point. Focuses on the founding of the church of Rome and the purpose of the epistles. Includes a helpful analysis of Paul’s letters.” – Cyril J. Barber

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The First Half of Romans

1800’s

Janeway, J.J. – An Exposition of a Portion of the Epistle to the Romans in the Form of Questions and Answers Designed for Sabbath School and Bible Classes  1838   162 pp.  On Rom. 1-8

Janeway was an American Old School Presbyterian.

Lightfoot, J.B. – Analysis and Commentary on Rom. 1-7

Lightfoot was a mid-1800’s Anglican Bible scholar.  He had some liberal tendencies.

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1900’s

Schaeffer, Francis. – The Finished Work of Christ: the Truth of Romans 1-8  Buy  1998  233 pp.

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Romans 1-4

1600’s

Sclater, William

A Key to the Key of Scripture, or an Exposition with Notes upon the Romans chs. 1-3  ToC  d. 1626

Sclater (1575-1626) was a reformed puritan.

***  “An antique, but precious book.” – Spurgeon

An Exposition with Notes, on the Whole Fourth Chapter to the Romans. Wherein the Grand Question of Justification by Faith Alone Without Works, is Controverted Stated, Cleared, and Fully Resolved

Lightfoot, John – Hebrew and Talmudical Exercitations upon Some Few Chapters of the Epistle to the Romans  on chs. 3, 8, 11

Lightfoot was a mid-1600’s reformed divine who was invited to the Westminster Assembly.  He mined the Jewish writings for anything and everything that may be of help in understanding the New Testament.  Here are his results.  This is the only work of its kind in English.

Parr, Elnathan – A Short View of the Epistle to the Romans 1-2:2, also in The Works  Buy  4th ed. 1651

Parr (1577-1622) was reformed.

***  “The style is faulty, but the matter is rich and full of suggestions.  We regret that the work is not complete, and is seldom to be met with except in fragments.” – Spurgeon

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1800’s

Morison, James – A Critical Exposition of the Third Chapter of Romans: a Monograph  1866

Morison held Arminian tenets.

**  “A scholarly and exhaustive exposition.  When we do not agree with Dr. Morison, we pay homage to his great learning and critical skill.” – Spurgeon

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1900’s

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn – The Plight of Man and the Power of God  1941  Being lectures given at the Free Church College

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Romans 5-8

Stott, John – Men Made New: an Exposition of Romans 5-8  Buy  1966

“An expanded version of the author’s 1965 Keswick Convention Bible readings. They cover Romans 5-8 and are based upon solid exegesis. Stott is always challenging and rates as one of the finest living expositors today.” – Cyril J. Barber

Pierson, Arthur Tappan – Vital Union with Christ  Buy  1961  on Rom. 6-8

“Formerly published under the title of Shall We Continue in Sin? Covers Romans 6-8 and deals with the duty and privilege of Christians, and the liberty they have in Christ.” – Cyril J. Barber

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On Romans 6

Manton, Thomas – 24 Sermons on Romans 6  d. 1677

Fraser, James – The Scripture Doctrine of Sanctification, being a Critical Explication and Paraphrase of Rom. 6-8:1-4  1700’s

***  “Dr. John Brown says: ‘Fraser’s Scripture Doctrine of Sanctification is well worth studying.  The old Scotch divine is rude in speech, but not in knowledge.”” – Spurgeon

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On Romans 7

Elton, Edward – The Complaint of a Sanctified Sinner Answered: or An Explanation of the Seventh Chapter of the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans, delivered in diverse sermons  ToC  1618

Elton (1569-1624) was reformed.

***  “The style is plain and homely, but the matter is of the choicest kin.  This old folio is like an old skin bottle, with a rough exterior, but filled within with the product of the rarest vintage.  Such books as this we never tire of reading.” – Spurgeon

Fraser, James – The Scripture Doctrine of Sanctification, being a Critical Explication and Paraphrase of Rom. 6-8:1-4  1700’s

***  “Dr. John Brown says: ‘Fraser’s Scripture Doctrine of Sanctification is well worth studying.  The old Scotch divine is rude in speech, but not in knowledge.'” – Spurgeon

Kohlbrugge, H.F. – Romans 7: a Paraphrase  Buy  1854

Kohlbrugge (1803-1875) was an idiosyncratic, very experiential, Dutch, Reformed minister.  His life’s theology centered around Rom. 7:14, which he understood as the Christian saying: ‘but I am carnal, sold under sin.’  He interpreted this in an absolute way without the other qualifications of Scripture, and hence had a deficient view of God’s Law in relation to Sanctification (the third use of the Law).

**  “An instructive rendering of this deeply experimental chapter.” – Spurgeon

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On Romans 8

Expositions of Romans 8

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The Second Half of Romans

Parr, Elnathan

A Plain Exposition upon the Whole 8, 9, 10, 11 chapters of the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans. Wherein the text is diligently and methodically resolved, the sense given: and many doctrines thence gathered, are by lively uses applied, for the benefit of God’s children performed with much variety, and convenient brevity: being the substance of near four years weekdays’ Sermons

A Plain Exposition upon the Whole Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Fifteenth, and Sixteenth Chapters of the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans, wherein the text is diligently and methodically resolved, the sense given, and many doctrines thence gathered, are by lively uses applied for the benefit of God’s children. Performed with much variety, and convenient brevity  ToC  1622

Parr (1577-1622) was reformed.

***  “The style is faulty, but the matter is rich and full of suggestions.  We regret that the work is not complete, and is seldom to be met with except in fragments.” – Spurgeon

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Romans 9-11

Ellison, Henry L. – The Mystery of Israel, an Exposition of Romans 9-11  Buy  1966

“Brings to bear upon the subject of Israel a background of practical experience as well as an extensive knowledge of Hebrew and Rabbinic sources on the Biblical text. While some statements require clarification, the general treatment is commendable.  Amillennial.” – Cyril J. Barber

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On Romans 9

Elton, Edward – The Great Mystery of Godlinesse Opened being an Exposition upon the Whole Ninth Chapter of the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Romans  ToC  †1624

Elton (1569-1624) was reformed.

Piper, John – The Justification of God: an Exegetical & Theological study of Romans 9:1-23  Buy  1993  220 pp.

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On Romans 11

On Romans 11 we highly recommend John Murray’s treatment in his Commentary on Romans  Buy  and Iain Murray’s The Puritan Hope  Buy  which support the national, ethnic conversion of the Jews to Christ, with most of the rest of the nations following.  See Westminster Larger Catechism #191 on the Second Petition and its proof-texts from Romans 10 & 11.

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1600’s

Draxe, Thomas –  The World’s Resurrection, or the General Calling of the Jews; A Familiar Commentary upon the Eleventh Chapter of St. Paul to the Romans, according to the sense of Scripture and the consent of the most judicious interpreters, wherein above fifty notable questions are soundly answered, and the particular doctrines, reasons and uses of every verse, are profitable and plainly delivered  1608

Draxe (d. 1608) was a reformed puritan.

Lightfoot, John – Hebrew and Talmudical Exercitations upon Some Few Chapters of the Epistle to the Romans  on chs. 3, 8, 11

Lightfoot was a mid-1600’s reformed divine who was invited to the Westminster Assembly.  He mined the Jewish writings for anything and everything that may be of help in understanding the New Testament.  Here are his results.  This is the only work of its kind in English.  

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On Romans 12

Leighton, Robert – An Expository Lecture on Rom. 12:3-12  1600’s

Candlish, Robert S. – Studies in Romans 12: The Christian’s Sacrifice and Service of Praise  d. 1873  364 pp.

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On Romans 13

Hooper, John – Godly and Most Necessary Annotations on the 13th chapter to the Romans  1551

Parr, Elnathan –  A Plain Exposition upon the Whole thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth chapters of the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans, wherein the text is diligently and methodically resolved, the sense given, and many doctrines thence gathered, are by lively uses applied for the benefit of God’s children. Performed with much variety, and convenient brevity ToC  1622

Parr (1577-1622) was reformed.

***  “The style is faulty, but the matter is rich and full of suggestions.  We regret that the work is not complete, and is seldom to be met with except in fragments.” – Spurgeon

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On Romans 14

“It is a beautiful thing to see an assured and strong believer tender to weak faith, and a weak believer thanking God for his grace to the strong.  It is a beautiful sight to look on Mr. Greatheart guiding Mr. Fearing [from Pilgrim’s Progress].”

John ‘Rabbi’ Duncan

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