The New Testament book of Romans has been one of the most important and influential books of the Bible in the history of the church. In the 5th century, Augustine and Pelagius argued about its teaching and implications. It was seminal for the Reformation. As Martin Luther (1483–1546) lectured through it in 1515–16, he recovered biblical doctrine of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness. Calvin’s Institutes were deeply influenced by it as was the Heidelberg Catechism (1563). How many Reformed people today started out in other traditions only to be confronted by challenging passages in Romans, which made them re-think their entire theology, piety, and practice? John Fesko is one of those and he is Academic Dean and professor of historical and systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California. He has been studying the book of Romans for many years. One of the fruits of that study is his new book, Romans: The Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2018).
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