Romans – NIV archaeological study Bible: An Illustrated walk through Biblical history and culture. (2005). Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan. 9780310938521.
The Through the Bible Challenge assigned the Epistles (letters) to Sundays. The first Epistle and second book of the Bible I finished was Romans, also known as The Epistle of Paul to the Romans. Romans is also classified as a Pauline Epistle since it was written by the Apostle Paul.
The Apostle Paul writes to the Romans, explaining that salvation is offered by Jesus Christ. Paul is both a Jew and a Roman citizen; he knows how to talk to both groups. While the good news is spreading through the Promised Land, Paul knows the message is meant to be shared with the Gentiles.Thus, Paul wants to preach to the Romans the gospel.
Throughout all the Pauline epistles, Paul’s logos appeal prevails. Since I’ve become a Christian, I’ve always heard of the Roman Road. This is where Paul establishes steps to salvation. Being a communication student, I truly appreciated this. Whereas Jesus spoke in parables, Paul talked to the “intellectuals.” He provides food for thought. Check out the verse below:
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.(8:28)
This was my first book in the New Testament to finish. While I prefer the Gospels, I still like reading New Testament books. The actualization of all is what I love best.
For more on Romans and Bible-Reading Challenge, check out the following links:
- YouTube – Salvation: Roman Road
- BibleGateway.com – Commentaries » Romans
- Archeological Study Bible