Review: Holman New Testament Commentary

Commentary: Holman New Testament Commentary
Type: ○Single Volume/OT/NT   ●Individual Books
Style: ●Layperson   ●Pastor/Teacher   ○Technical/Student   ○Devotional   ○Other
Rating: ●●●●○ (Very Good)


The Holman New Testament Commentary offers expository explanation of the popular NIV text based on trusted, conservative scholarship. A multifaceted step approach leads the reader from the introduction with contemporary illustrations, through verse-by-verse commentary, to a conclusion and life application. “Deeper Discoveries” help the reader understand the most important words, phrases, and teaching of each chapter. A teaching outline helps the reader to internalize what has been read, organize its message, and prepare to share it with others. The “Final Issues for Discussion” section brings closure to the reader’s study. A closing prayer personalizes the study and commits the reader to live out the truths studied. A great commentary for pastors and laypersons.


  • Twelve volumes cover all of the books in the New Testament; Separate Holman Commentary series covers all of the Old Testament books; equally valuable.
  • Includes study/discussion questions and sample prayer; Great format for teachers and pastors, as well as both individual and group study.
  • One of the best examples of an easy-to-read, yet thorough commentary series available.
  • Max Anders, the Series Editor, brings an outstanding quality and consistency to the volumes written by different Biblical scholars.
  • Available in electronic format for both WORDsearch Bible Software and Logos Bible Software.


This verse is one of the most important in all the Bible, and contains more key theological terms and truths for its size than perhaps any other verse of Scripture. Having completed his explanation of sin, salvation, sanctification, and sovereignty, Paul now does to the Roman believers, in a manner of speaking, what the Holy Spirit does in our lives—he urges the Rome believers to act on the truth they have received. I urge you is the translation of parakaleo (to urge, call, exhort, encourage), from which is derived the noun parakletos, or paraclete. This is the term Jesus used to refer to the promised Holy Spirit who would come to the disciples after his ascension into heaven (John 14:16,26; 15:26; 16:7).

The key action verb in Paul’s urging is to offer. But before getting to that key action step, Paul justifies his exhortation. He does not simply command them to offer themselves; he appeals to their reason (logikos). In view of God’s mercy, Paul says, it is only reasonable that you offer yourselves to God. Prior to this verse in Romans, Paul has mentioned the mercy of God ten times (Rom. 9:15 [twice], 16,18 [twice], 23; 11:30,31 [twice], 32), and mentions it two more times following this verse (12:8 [the mercy of God manifested by human instruments]; 15:9). His conclusion to chapter 11 summarizes all that he has taught on the sovereignty of God in salvation by saying that “God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all” (Rom. 11:32).

[Blog Author’s Note: This represents just two of eight paragraphs of commentary on this particular Bible passage.]

(Example Source: Kenneth Boa and William Kruidenier, Holman New Testament Commentary – Romans, ed. Max Anders, Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2000)


This entry was posted in Commentary, Resources, Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Review: Holman New Testament Commentary

  1. Pingback: Monthly Recap: July 2011 | God's Word was Written to be Understood

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s