The Letter to the Romans


Dr Catherine Playoust
Not offered in 2020

This unit explores the context, structure, message, and theology of the Letter to the Romans. Attention will be given to the articulation of Paul’s argument across Romans, with a strong focus on his Christology and ecclesiology and on the themes of justification, law, and Jewish-Gentile relations. The unit will also engage with the role of this letter in Christian history and current theological debate.


two Biblical Studies units at second level


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester, or in intensive mode


  • one 1,000-word report 20%
  • one 3,000-word essay 60%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 20%


  • Byrne, Brendan J. Galatians and Romans. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2010.
  • ———. Romans. Sacra Pagina 6. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1996. 
  • Esler, Philip F. Conflict and Identity in Romans: The Social Setting of Paul’s Letter. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2003.
  • Fitzmyer, Joseph A. Romans: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Anchor Bible 33. New York: Doubleday, 1993.
  • Grieb, A. Katherine. The Story of Romans: A Narrative Defence of God’s Righteousness. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002.
  • Jewett, Robert. Romans: A Short Commentary. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013.
  • Johnson, Luke T. Reading Romans: A Literary and Theological Commentary. Reading the New Testament. Macon, GA: Smith & Helwys, 2001.
  • Matera, Frank J. Romans. Paideia. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010. 
  • Moo, Douglas J. The Epistle to the Romans. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MN: W. B. Eerdmans, 1996.
  • Wright, Nicholas T. ‘The Letter to the Romans.’ In The New Interpreter’s Bible, edited by Leander E. Keck et al., 10, 395-770. Nashville: Abingdon, 2002.