The Epistle to the Romans

By Franz J. Leenhardt

Combining depth and readability, Leenhardt’s commentary on St Paul’s Epistle to the Romans has won a distinguished place in New Testament scholarship.

ISBN: 9780227170243


Amongst all the commentaries on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, Leenhardt’s has won a distinguished place. First published in 1957, his analysis is marked by freshness and lucidity combined with a firm grasp of the inner essentials of the Epistle. The result is both scholarly and readable.

Leenhardt brings a fresh assessment of righteousness, not as an intrinsic attribute of God but as a description of God’s relationship with humanity, and traces this back to God’s saving acts within the covenant relationship of the Old Testament. Through careful attention to the original Greek, he also reinterprets the central Jew-Gentile dichotomy that characterises much of the previous scholarship on Romans. Throughout, his bold overarching thesis is combined with an even-handed approach free of oversimplification. The result is a work that has become an enduring voice in Pauline studies.

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Dimensions 234 × 156 mm
Pages 388

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About the Author

Dr. Franz Jehan Leenhardt was Professor in the Theological Faculty of the University of Geneva. He is also the author of La Mort et la Testament de Jésus (1983).


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Endorsements and Reviews

Leenhardt’s study of Romans is a welcome change. . . he simply and convincingly challenges firmly established positions.
Cora Klick, in The Journal of Religion, January 1966

This is the outstanding commentary in any language on Romans. Leenhardt has illuminated many obscure passages; some of his interpretations are entirely new and yet entirely convincing. No one could read this commentary without a deeper understanding of the apostle’s essential thought.
J.G. Davies