C.E.B. Cranfield is perhaps best known for his two-volume commentary on Romans, which is part of the International Critical Commentary series (ICC, see here and here). And this is rightly so, his commentary is magesterial. But a writer can only handle so many issues in a commentary volume. Many times the rabbit trails run longer than the space one has available.
Did you know that Cranfield also published a collection of essays called On Romans and Other New Testament Essays? While this title is in the Portfolio (LE) collection of Logos Bible Software, chances are — particularly if you’re new to Logos Bible Software in the past few years — you didn’t even know it was available.
In On Romans Cranfield has more of a chance to dig into things that just don’t fit in the framework of a commentary. The table of contents has some details:
- ‘The Works of the Law’ in the Epistle to the Romans
- A Note on Romans 5:20-21
- Romans 6:1-14 Revisited
- Sanctification as Freedom: Paul’s Teaching on Sanctification, with special reference to the Epistle to the Romans
- Some Comments on Professor J.D.G. Dunn’s Christology in the Making with special reference to the evidence of the Epistle to the Romans
- Preaching on Romans
- On the Πιστις Χριστου (Pistis Christou) Question
- Giving a Dog a Bad Name: A note on H. Räisänen’s Paul and the Law
- Has the Old Testament Law a Place in the Christian Life? A response to Professor Westerholm
- Who Are Christ’s Brothers? (Matthew 25:40)
- The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
- Some Reflections on the Subject of the Virgin Birth
- A Response to Professor Richard B. Hays’ The Moral Vision of the New Testament
As you can see, you also get peeks at Cranfield’s take on areas outside of Romans, and even comments on some on-going discussions like the πιστις Χριστου debate. This is excellent stuff. Printed reviews of On Romans are positively glowing (see the product page for some excerpts). Maybe it’s time to add On Romans to your library too.