Updated: January 9, 2022 - Fixed formatting, links, images, and order of preference. -Ed.
Here just the very small list of resources on Romans that I have found most helpful.
It Goes Without Say
Many times, many teachers, preachers, and small group leaders (myself included) will “cut straight to the chase” and engage the commentary instead of engaging the Word of God. Remember, the commentaries are not without error—they are the observations of the author.
Slow down, pray, read, chew and meditate.
ESV Study Bible Crossway. 2016.
I have purchased this resource multiple times over for myself and friends. If you want one and can’t afford one, hit me up.
If I had to pick just one resource (hardcover vs. leather vs. paperback vs. digital), I use it way more in my Olive Tree Study Bible than anything else.
Here is Love: Exposition on Romans 8 This is the work that really started it all. And by all I mean, all of reading, writing, studying, teaching, and preaching. I worked on this from 2012 to 2018. I cannot begin to tell you the agonizing and cripplingly darkness I went through while writing this book. At the end, it ended up being my worshipful testimony of the heights and depths of the beauty of God’s grace alone. Even outside of Romans 8 in the Bible, I will unashamedly often refer to Romans 8. Why? Romans 8 is contains the entire gospel.
You can certainly do worse than to memorize it, write songs about it, and even write books about it. There are too many rightful references to Romans 8 being Mount Everest of any chapter in the Bible. Martin Luther called it, “The clearest gospel of all.”
by John Calvin.
I mention this because in my go-to mobile Bible Study App, Olive Tree, Calvin’s Commentaries are my go-to Commentary text of choice when I need clarification on the go. You can get the entire digital set for your phone (and computer) for about
$40 $19.99 from Olive Tree!
No Condemnation in Christ Jesus: As Unfolded in the Eighth Chapter of the Epistle to the Romans.
by Octavius Winslow.
Banner of Trust. 1991.
I love this book so much that I purchase an 1st edition 1853 print of this book.
If I had one book to gift outside the Bible, it would be this. If I had one word to describe it: fantastic.
For more of a complete review, read mine here at Goodreads.com.
Romans: An Expositional Commentary.
by R.C. Sproul.
Reformation Trust Publishing. 2019.
If I was forced at gunpoint to choose one commentary for Romans, this would be the one I would keep. Hands down. Not even a second thought. I have read this from cover to cover. Highest recommendation.
A better suggestion: stop reading my drivel and buy this book.
Seriously. Go and get this book. NOW!
The Letter to the Romans (New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT)).
by Douglas Moo.
I only mentioned the first edition because the second edition came out in 2018 and I haven’t gotten my hands on it. This is a standard, el-defacto technical commentary recommendation for Romans. It’s so highly recommended across all denominations and Protestant theological convictions, it’s almost a generalization. But refer to it just once and you know that it is a generalization because it is true.
New Testament Commentary: Romans: Chapters 1-16.
by William Hendriksen.
Said it before and I will say it again: Billy H. is my boy for no other reason he tried to buck the Dispensationalism trends going on in Evangelicalism.
Craziest thing, tho. I have several others in his NT set but for some reason, I didn’t have his Romans. Had to scoop this off e-Bay.
by William S. Plumer.
This dude is pre-Liberalism Princeton Theological Seminary. I have not read through this but those credentials are enough to warrant a place in my library.
Romans: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture (The New American Commentary).
by Robert Mounce.
Holmon Reference. 1995.
Going by what other commentaries I have by Mounce, this stays in my library as well.
Romans (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, NT Volume 6).
Edited by Gerald L. Bray.
IVP Academic. 2005.
I think this entire series is an excellent resource to have on hand if you can pony up the scratch. It’s all fine and good to read guys from within the last few centuries. But how about reading commentary from within the first few centuries after the ascension of Christ. You ain’t going to read anything shockingly new. But what you are going realize there is absolutely nothing new under the sun and Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Commentary on Romans.
by Martin Luther.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Luther’s commentary. It was his desperate mediation on one little famous Habakkukan quote that literally and figuratively hammers the change within the Church and help begun the Protestant Reformation: THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH!