Burns on Romans

We recently received an examination copy of J. Patout Burns Jr.'s recent work on Romans for potential inclusion in the commentary and reference survey. Entitled Romans: Interpreted by Early Christian Commentators, the text is not really a commentary per se but a history of interpretation of the book of Romans, so I decided not to include it in the commentary section of the survey. That does not mean it is not a helpful text: Burns has a collection of fairly lengthy passages from ancient commentaries and sermon series on Romans from the first millennium of the Church, so it is helpful both for insights into Romans, for illustrations, and for understanding its history of interpretation. My reservation is that this volume accompanies the exegetical process but does not contribute directly to it.