Galatians: Paul's Charter of Freedom  -     By: Leon Morris
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Inter-Varsity Press / 2003 / Paperback

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Among the letters of Paul, Galatians burns like a firestorm of apostolic rebuke, persuasion and passion for the truth of the gospel. Against those who would preach "another gospel," Paul deploys an arsenal of biblical-theological reasoning and a rhetoric of vivid, contrasting images that have seldom failed to arrest readers of every era.

Freedom in Christ is set against bondage to the law, adopted children of God are contrasted with slaves of elemental spirits, and justification by faith is opposed to works of the law. But what are these "works of the law"? Good works by which people assert their self-achieved righteousness, or practices of the Jewish law that defined social boundaries and thus stood as a barrier to Gentiles from entering the new covenant?

Astute readers will recognize this question as central to the recent scholarly debate over the "new perspective" on Paul. Leon Morris clearly stands in the tradition of Martin Luther and the Reformers. With seasoned insight and deft simplicity, he explores the complexities and bold affirmations of Galatians--laying bare its essential structure, logic and meaning. Never diverted by interpretive fashion or speculation, he represents a classic exegetical tradition that focuses on the plain meaning of the biblical text and the apostolic truth of the gospel.

Readers who have puzzled over the twists, turns and compressed arguments of Galatians will be delighted to have Morris as their guide. The text that through the centuries has stirred and ignited the embers of gospel faith speaks with clarity again in our day.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 191
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830829261
ISBN-13: 9780830829262
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Among the letters of Paul, Galatians burns like a firestorm of apostolic rebuke, persuasion and passion for the truth of the gospel. Against those who would preach "another gospel," Paul deploys an arsenal of biblical-theological reasoning and a rhetoric of vivid, contrasting images that have seldom failed to arrest readers of every era. Freedom in Christ is set against bondage to the law, adopted children of God are contrasted with slaves of elemental spirits, and justification by faith is opposed to works of the law. But what are these "works of the law"? Good works by which people assert their self-achieved righteousness, or practices of the Jewish law that defined social boundaries and thus stood as a barrier to Gentiles from entering the new covenant? Astute readers will recognize this question as central to the recent scholarly debate over the "new perspective" on Paul. Leon Morris clearly stands in the tradition of Martin Luther and the Reformers. With seasoned insight and deft simplicity, he explores the complexities and bold affirmations of Galatians--laying bare its essential structure, logic and meaning. Never diverted by interpretive fashion or speculation, he represents a classic exegetical tradition that focuses on the plain meaning of the biblical text and the apostolic truth of the gospel. Readers who have puzzled over the twists, turns and compressed arguments of Galatians will be delighted to have Morris as their guide. The text that through the centuries has stirred and ignited the embers of gospel faith speaks with clarity again in our day.

Author Bio

Leon Morris (1914-2006), one of the leading evangelical New Testament scholars of the twentieth century, served as principal of Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. He was the author of more than forty works, including and comprehensive scholarly studies on Matthew, Luke, John and Romans. He was the general editor of the Tyndale New Testament Commentaries and wrote the volumes in that series on Luke, 1 Corinthians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians and Revelation.

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    A surprisingly good read.
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    Morris' work on Galatians is a surprisingly good read. I enjoyed it. It is not deep, but it is edifying and comprehensive. It would be one I would use for a Bible Study, or give to a laymen to read. Yet, it is comprehensive enough for a Pastor to use in his study. It is a commentary that will feed your soul, as well as your head. It has good detail, but not overly so. One will find value in this work. It will give you a good grasp of this epistle.
  2. C. E. Myers
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    June 7, 2004
    C. E. Myers
    Leon Morris has written a tremendously helpful commenatary on Paul's Epistle to the Galatians (for the novice-intermediate student). While certainly not comparable to the standard commentaries by Betz (Hermenia), Bruce (NIGTC), and Longenecker (WBC), this commentary is excellent. It is probably the best commentary on Galatians in its class. It is well-written with an excellent supply of detailed exegesis/information in the copious notes. For the beginner, Morris' commentary is the place to begin. I heartily recommend it.
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