Among the twenty-seven books that make up the New Testament, ‘The Epistle to the Romans’ is often referred to as the “most important theological legacy” for its explanation and defence of the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ. However, as Dr. Tom Holland proves in his compelling new book, scholarly interpretation of the volume has been fraught with misconceptions.
In ‘Hope for the Nations: Paul’s Letter to the Romans (A Corporate Reading)’ Dr. Holland attempts to correct these points of confusion and, in the process, challenge every level of readers’ Biblical beliefs.
In this vigorously argued commentary Holland has produced a clearer and simpler reworking of his earlier scholarly work ‘The Divine Marriage’ to engage with the less expert audience. In this highly readable analysis, Tom Holland asks the reader to rethink familiar passages in Paul’s Letter to the Romans in fresh ways. He corrects many widespread misunderstandings of Paul which have obscured the powerful message of the Biblical text, and his argument for a corporate reading permits the Reformer’s forensic sense of justification to be maintained even in the light of the covenantal context of the New Perspective on Paul.
Tom Holland’s Hope for the Nations is both truly biblical and thoroughly theological. Church leaders, scholars and students alike will find their views on the well-known text challenged and transformed.
“There was a very fine line to be drawn with this book and its analysis,” explains Dr. Holland. “I needed to make my arguments rest on unshakable evidence, while remaining true to the inerrancy and the infallibility of Romans being the very Word of God. See it as a work that is both scholarly and confessional.”
Continuing, “It’s my hope that this becomes a seminal title in all fields of religion and theology, even though there are still dozens of questions we cannot answer.”
Critics have praised the author’s diligent efforts. Anthony C. Thiselton, Professor of Christian Theology and the University of Nottingham comments, “Tom Holland always remains alert to the influence and relevance of the Old Testament and emphasizes the impact of Paul’s thought upon the church as a community as well as on the individual as part of that community…a very salient and practical commentary.”
Blanchard Professor of New Testament, Douglas Moo, adds, “The commentary digs deeply into current scholarship on the Old Testament roots of Paul’s teaching, yet presents its conclusions in accessible language.”
‘Tom’s commentary invites readers to break away from fixed ideas and journey to new place. It is informed, scholarly, rich in exegetical insights, yet easy to understand. I highly recommend it…’ Lawson Murray, President of Scripture Union Canada
‘Hope for the Nations: Paul’s Letter to the Romans (A Corporate Reading)’, from Apostolos Publishing, will be released on 3rd August 2015. Copies can currently be pre-ordered directly from the publisher: http://www.apostolos-publishing.com
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