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Exegesis of Romans

Welcome to the study of the book of Romans. For the next couple of years, we will explore this seminal epistle of Paul based on an in depth analysis of the Greek text. Knowledge of the Greek language would be very helpful but not required to participate. We will attempt to instruct what is necessary of the Greek to enable us to gain understanding of the social, literary, historical and theological implications of Paul the Apostle’s longest and perhaps best letter. This portion of the New Testament is the most complete and doctrinal presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that Paul preached and taught. Our emphasis will be on the soteriological and homiletical value of Romans to enable us to minister the Christian Faith to the contemporary world around us. This will mean we need to understand the linguistic value of the book, and its historical context, to learn to apply it to our daily lives.

For those of us who are concerned about the hermeneutic we use, this website, forum study group is inter-denominational and we will do our best to accommodate all Christians whatever their stripe. However, the mainstream Protestant Evangelical position will be our point of departure. This will mean mostly the historical-grammatical method and Reformed interpretation of the Bible. Other theologies are welcome and as group leader I have an open mind about, and practical experience with, Baptist, Pentecostal and Roman Catholic exegesis. To the best of my ability, I can grasp the divide between Protestants and Catholics, covenant and dispensation, varied eschatological schemes, etcetera, without these distinctions clouding my judgment or bringing out my own bias.

My name is Thomas Groeneman and I hold the title of Reverend from being ordained in a Baptist church in 2007. As instructor, moderator and group leader, it will be my job to prepare the lessons and coordinate the discussion. Any disciplinary problems will be handled by me along with website manager, Ken Verhulst. I have done four studies of this kind here at CCEL (Hebrews, Acts, Genesis and Matthew) and have taught and led several Bible studies in the local church where I was a Pastor for five years. My education includes two years of community college, two years of Bible college, a bachelor’s degree from UMASS Boston, and two years of seminary at Gordon Conwell and Boston College. My denomination is Roman Catholic and I especially like Church History. I am single and live in Boston.

The way these courses are set up is the group leader posts threads under designated headings and people comment on the content being discussed. This allows for group reflection and interaction and although not mandatory, individual contribution is definitely encouraged and expected. These groups are most successful when many folks participate. Sometimes this can be difficult, but when debate gets heated, the moderators can step in. Always remember to be civil, polite and respectful when addressing fellow group members. We can all learn a great deal from each other and no one has to be educated or very literate to post something. All Christians have a gift and something to offer.

Recommended resources:

The Epistle to the Romans by Richard N. Longenecker (NIGTC)
The Epistle to the Romans by Douglas J. Moo (NICNT)
The Epistle to the Romans by Karl Barth
Romans by Joseph A. Fitzmyer (The Anchor Bible)
The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Introduction to the New Testament by D.A. Carson
Interpreting the Pauline Epistles by Thomas R. Schreiner
The Concise Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament by Frederick William Danker
Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar by William D. Mounce
UBS 5th Revised Edition- Greek New Testament by American Bible Society
BibleWorks 10 software
Any commentary on Romans you prefer
A good study Bible with cross references
Paul, Apostle of the Heart Set Free by F.F. Bruce
Paul, and the Faithfulness of God by N.T. Wright
New Testament History by F.F. Bruce
The Theology of Paul the Apostle by James D.G. Dunn
Your brother in Christ,

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Please take a moment to introduce yourself to the group. You may include Church background or education. I would like for us to be able to engage in fellowship as well as study but I realize the limitations of this forum. Nevertheless, the better we know each other, the better we will accomplish our goals for the study.