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The Epistle to the Galatians: Black's New Testament Commentary [BNTC]
Baker Academic / 2011 / Paperback
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C. K. Barrett's exegetical prowess, evidenced most distinctly in his volumes on the First and Second Epistles to the Corinthians, also in the BNTC series, has long been appreciated in the world of biblical studies. His verse-by-verse exposition in The Epistle to the Romans further enhances our understanding of the great epistle, early Christianity, the life of the apostle Paul, Paul's theology, and the New Testament. A master of thoroughness, historical backgrounds, and ancient languages, Barrett offers insights for scholars, ministers, students, and anyone who wants to know more about Paul's Epistle to the Romans.
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About the Series
Black's New Testament Commentary [BNTC] has been hailed by both scholars and pastors for its insightful and cutting edge interpretations and reliable commentary. Each volume in the series includes an insightful introduction to the important historical, literary, and theological issues; commentary that works from a fresh original translation while highlighting critical decisions by the commentator; in-depth explanations of special Greek and/or unusual terms; references to important primary and secondary literature; and a Scripture index.
Black's New Testament Commentary has been hailed by both scholars and pastors for its insightful interpretations and reliable commentary. Each book in the series includes an insightful introduction to the important historical, literary, and theological issues; key terms and phrases from the translation highlighted in the commentary where they are discussed; explanations of special Greek or foreign terms; references to important primary and secondary literature; and a Scripture index.
Paul's letter to the Galatians may be the boldest exposition of the gospel and one of the best examples that Paul's theology first and foremost emerged within the framework of a living community. Dunn's sensitivity to the letter's larger flow of thought and his adept hand at guiding us through the sometimes murky waters of Paul's thought combine to make this commentary refreshingly accessible and eminently serviceable. With a penetrating but never pedantic analysis, Dunn opens Paul's letter to the troubled believers in Galatia with a skill that comes only with knowing the subject exceedingly well.
It is welcome news that the addition to this well-known series of New Testament commentaries intended for a wide readership has now been supplied. A special welcome awaits James Dunn's edition of Galatians, which stands as a companion piece to his monumental Romans. This volume is written in an attractively simple and succinct style, yet tackles the hard problems this epistle poses. Ministers and students will appreciate Dunn's restatement of his earlier contributions to Pauline theology and his reactions to the ongoing debate on such issues as the 'works of the law.' The general reader, moreover, will find this a sure-footed and profitable guide to what is in some ways the heart of Paul's gospel, both doctrinal and ethical.
-Ralph P. Martin, Fuller Theological Seminary and University of Sheffield
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