"To promote the critical and doctrinal study of this important portion of the New Testament," the author, a leading evangelical theologian of the late nineteenth century, wrote this commentary on Romans. He intended it for use primarily by "theological students and clergy...."
The Greek text (that of Lachmann) is printed at the top of each page of commentary. The notes themselves are concise and bear strictly and directly upon the word or clause. They are primarily critical and philological, although at times the author examines in detail the theological import of the text. This is particularly true in chapter 5 (where the doctrine of original sin is discussed), chapters 7-8 (indwelling sin), and chapters 9-11 (election and reprobation). The author held the Epistle to the Romans to be "in reality an inspired system of theology."