Central topics of Romans include righteousness, justification by faith, election, Israel, and the Mosaic Law.
Romans 1:16-17, Romans 3:28
God, Righteousness, Law, Spirit, Flesh, Faith, Grace, Justification
When was Romans written?
Paul wrote Romans from Corinth, probably in the spring of A.D. 57. His scribe was Tertius (16:22), and Phoebe delivered this letter (16:1-2). Paul was at the home of Gaius, who lived in Corinth (Romans 16:23, 1st Corinthians 1:14). At the time of this writing, Paul had been preaching for over 20 years.
Author of Romans
A former Pharisee, the Apostle Paul possessed a deep understanding of Jewish Law (Galatians 1:4, Philippians 3:4-6, Acts 22:3). Paul’s writing is characterized by depth, complexity, and large swaths of interwoven thought. Attesting to this, Peter wrote that some things in Paul’s letters were "hard to understand" (2nd Peter 3:15-16).
Church in Rome
Scripture is silent concerning the establishment of the church in Rome. Paul longed to visit Rome (1:11-16, 15:22-33). He was prevented until he was sent as a prisoner (Acts 28:16-31), following an appeal to Caesar’s tribunal (Acts 25:9-12). Both Jews and Gentiles were part of the Roman church (2:17, 11:13).