Romans has been so well trodden among comentators and students of scripture that you tend to think there’s nothing more to be unlocked from within it. Charles Hodges commentary on Romans for awhile at Princeton Seminary was actually used to train people entering the legal field because of the precision of the arguement set forth in the letter. So what more could be added to this illustrious book of scripture from an interpretive end of things? Along comes Daniel Kirk who’s percepetions and interest in Paul’s use of the Old Testament in Romans *(particularly on resurrection and the justification of God) helps us see even more of what this epistle has to offer in “Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the justification of God.”
I haven’t had the pleasure of reading his work yet but what Daniel has shared at his blogsite regarding it makes me think it will be a very helpful and much needed study. The more time I spend in pastoral ministery, and the further I mature in the Christian faith itself, I realize just how encompassing and formative the resurrection of Christ is to Paul and New Testament Theology. Click here for part 1; part 2; part 3; part 4; and part 5. Daniel Kirk did his Masters work at Westminster Theological Seminary, his PhD work at Duke Divinity under Richard Hays among othes, has taught at Biblical Theological Seminary, and is currently teaching NT Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Scholarly praise for the book;
“Daniel Kirk offers readers a fascinating and fresh investigation into the heart of Paul’s letter to the Christians in Rome. Kirk rightly underscores the centrality of resurrection in Paul’s thought, showing how all of the major doctrines of this important letter grow out of that single greatest saving event, an event that cast all things in a new light. Veteran interpreters of Paul as well as readers new to the great apostle to the Gentiles will find this book very stimulating and rewarding.” Craig A. Evans, Acadia Divinity College
“In a bold and stimulating thesis Kirk shows how Jesus’ resurrection, so central to Paul’s conversion, lies at the heart of Romans. Since through it God has justified both himself and his faithful Christ, thereby showing Jesus to be the goal of the law, then participation in that salvation comes, for Jew and Gentile alike, not through the law but solely through faith in the resurrected Son fo God. Highly commended.” Rikk E. Watts, Regent College
“In this book Daniel Kirk makes a fresh and important contribution to the study of Pauline theology by highlighting the significance of resurrection in the letter to the Romans. At the same time, he clarifies Paul’s teaching about resurrection in the context of various Jewish apocalyptic expectations. Oddly, while debate has swirled about Paul’s view of the law and his doctrine of justification, interpreters have paid curiously little attention to the key role of resurrection in the argument of Romans. Kirk’s study skillfully makes a previously overlooked theme appear self-evident, thereby offering a new angle of vision on the letter. Many readers will come to the end of this book saying, ‘Yes, of course; why didn’t we see that before?’ Unlocking Romans will be a valuable resource for all who teach or preach on this text.” Richard B. Hays, Duke Divinity School