Doug Moo on Romans

Romans is consuming the majority of my time and thoughts these days since I’m writing a dissertation on the use of the OT in Romans 11:34–35. I recently read and s-l-o-w-l-y reread everything that Douglas J. Moo has written on (1) the theme and structure of Romans and (2) Romans 9–11, and I couldn’t give his outstanding work higher praise. His publications are first-class: the content is superb, and the style is clear. I thank God for this man!

Here’s a chronological list of most of Moo’s publications on Romans, which I’ve ranked as introductory, intermediate, and advanced. The most valuable are the NICNT and NIVAC volumes.

  1. Exegetical Notes: Romans 6:1–14.” Trinity Journal 3 (1982): 215–20. [advanced]
  2. Israel and Paul in Romans 7.7–12.” New Testament Studies 32 (1986): 122–35. [advanced]
  3. Romans 1-8. Wycliffe Exegetical Commentary. Chicago: Moody, 1991. [advanced]
  4. Romans 2: Saved Apart from the Gospel?” Pages 137–45 in Through No Fault of Their Own: The Fate of Those Who Have Never Heard. Edited by William V. Crockett and James G. Sigountos. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1991. [intermediate] Amazon
  5. “Romans.” Pages 1115–60 in New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition. Edited by D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, and G. J. Wenham. Downers Grove: IVP, 1994. [introductory] Amazon | WTS Books
  6. The Theology of Romans 9–11: A Response to E. Elizabeth Johnson.” Pages 240–58 in Romans. Vol. 3 of Pauline Theology. Edited by David M. Hay and E. Elizabeth Johnson. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1995. [advanced] Amazon
  7. The Epistle to the Romans. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996. [advanced] Amazon | WTS Books
  8. Romans. NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000. [intermediate] Amazon | WTS Books
  9. “Romans.” Pages 291–97 in New Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Edited by T. Desmond Alexander and Brian S. Rosner. Downers Grove: IVP, 2000. [introductory] Amazon | WTS Books
  10. Encountering the Book of Romans: A Theological Survey. Encountering Biblical Studies. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002. [introductory] Amazon | WTS Books
  11. “Romans.” Pages 2–99 in Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, Vol. 3: Romans to Philemon. Edited by Clinton E. Arnold. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002. [introductory] Amazon | WTS Books
  12. ‘Flesh’ in Romans: A Problem for the Translator.” Page 365–79 in The Challenge of Bible Translation: Communicating God’s Word to the World. Essays in Honor of Ronald F. Youngblood. Edited by Glen S. Scorgie, Mark L. Strauss, and Steven M. Voth. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003. [intermediate] Amazon
  13. Israel and the Law in Romans 5–11: Interaction with the New Perspective.” Pages 185–216 in The Paradoxes of Paul. Vol. 2 of Justification and Variegated Nomism. Edited by D. A. Carson, Peter T. O’Brien, and Mark A. Seifrid. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 181. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004. [advanced] Amazon | WTS Books
  14. “Romans” (with D. A. Carson). Pages 391–414 in An Introduction to the New Testament. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005. [intermediate] Amazon | WTS Books
  15. Paul’s Universalizing Hermeneutic in Romans.” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 11:3 (2007): 62–90. [advanced]
  16. “Paul’s Letter to the Romans.” In New Living Translation Study Bible. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2008. [introductory] Amazon
  17. Romans: Celebrating the Good News (with Karen Lee-Thorp). Bringing the Bible to Life. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008. [introductory] Amazon | WTS Books

Related: About thirty of Moo’s articles are available as PDFs from his website.

Update: See Justin Taylor’s “Olasky on Writing Clearly.”


  1. Michael Bird says

    You left out Doug’s Romans 1-8 commentary in the WEC series (after the series folded, it was updated and expanded into the NICNT). I can’t believe that Doug has written “another” Romans commentary for Zondervan. That is like his sixth one ovreall! The only other person who comes close is D. Bock on Luke and he’s only written three.

  2. says

    Thanks, Mike. I purposely didn’t include that volume because it folded into the NICNT volume, but you’re right that it merits inclusion here. I just added it.

    If you (or others) catch any others items that are missing, please let me know.

  3. says

    Complementarian. Cf. these three articles (esp. the third one):

    1. “1 Timothy 2:11-15: Meaning and Significance.” Trinity Journal 1 (1980): 62-83.

    2. “The Interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:11-15: A Rejoinder.” Trinity Journal 2 (1981): 198-222.

    3. “What Does It Mean Not to Teach or Have Authority Over Men? 1 Timothy 2:11-15.” Pages 179-93 in Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism. Edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem. Westchester: Crossway, 1991.

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