When in Romans

This fall (2019) we will be working through the letter of the Apostle Paul to the Romans.

The tagline is: “Rescue all the way out and all the way down”. We want to understand better how the first people who heard this letter read to them by elder Phoebe understood it, and what that means for us today.

It’s a letter about God rescuing His people and His world from Sin and Death, to every corner of the world and to the depths of the human heart.

Here are some of the resources we are using:


When in Romans by Beverly R. Gaventa. Published 2019 by Baker Academic. Click here for Amazon page.

Romans Disarmed: Resisting Empire/Demanding Justice by Sylvia Keesmaat and Brian J. Walsh. Published 2019 by Brezos Press. Click here for Amazon page.

Reading Romans Backwards: A Gospel of Peace in the Midst of Empire by Scott McKnight. Published 2019 by Baylor University Press. Click here for Amazon page.

Here are some podcasts with Beverly Gaventa:

  1. What is the book of Romans trying to do? Click here.
  2. When in Romans – Scott McKnight and Beverly Gaventa. Click here.
  3. Crackers and Grape Juice – When in Romans. Click here.

You may wonder if we are only using commentaries published in 2019.

No. We are using standard commentaries as well, written by F.F. Bruce, Joseph Fitzmyer, Jamiesson, Fausset and Brown, Matthew Henry, Walvoord & Zuck, The New Bible Commentary, The Bible Exposition Commentary, The Epistle to the Romans by Karl Barth, among others.

For a complete list of the best commentaries on Romans, should you want to look, click here.