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At the epicenter of the exegetical revolution that rocked the Reformation era was Paul's letter to the Galatians. There Luther, Calvin, Bullinger and scores of others perceived the true gospel of Paul enlightening a situation parallel to their own times--the encroachment of false teachers and apostates upon the true teaching of salvation by grace through faith.
In Ephesians, the Reformers gravitated to what they understood to be the summit of Paul's vision of salvation in Christ. Finding its source, beyond time, in the electing love of God, the Reformers disseminated the letter's message of temporal hope for Christians living under the duress of persecution.
For the Reformers, these epistles were living, capsule versions of Paul's letter to the Romans, briefs on the theological vision of the celebrated apostle. Probed and expounded in the commentaries and sermons found in this volume, these letters became the very breath in the lungs of the Reformation movements.
The range of comment on Galatians and Ephesians here spans Latin, German, French, Dutch and English authors from a variety of streams within the Protestant movement. Especially helpful in this volume is Gerald Bray's editorial presentation of the development of tensions among the Reformers.
The epistles of Galatians and Ephesians open up a treasure house of ancient wisdom, allowing these faithful Reformation witnesses to speak with eloquence and intellectual acumen to the church today.
About the Series
The Reformation Commentary on Scripture is a twenty-eight volume biblical commentary bringing the insights of the Reformation to the church. Incorporating the accurate and readable text of the English Standard Version of the Bible (ESV), these volumes assemble exegetical and theological commentary on the entire canon of Scripture by a vast array of Reformation-era thinkers and readers. The series boasts internationally recognized scholars of the history and theology of the Reformation as translators and editors, whose aim is to retrieve the wisdom of the Reformation for the renewal of the church today.
Number of Pages: 450
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2011
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Series: Reformation Commentary on Scripture
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Beason Divinity School, Samford University
parkerj5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Reformation CommentaryMay 27, 2013parkerjQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Reformation Commentary on Scripture is a wonderful commentary series that lets the reader see first hand how Scripture was interpreted during the Reformation time period. This series provides its reader with a vast array of well known, not so well known, and probably unknown commentators on Galatians and Ephesians. The work by the project staff that has gone into pulling all of the information together is truly commendable and a great gift to the modern day church.
In the introduction Timothy George, the General Editor, list four goals of this series. They are:
1) The enrichment of contemporary biblical interpretation through exposure to Reformation-era biblical exegesis.
2) The renewal of contemporary preaching through exposure to the biblical insights of the Reformation writers.
3) A deeper understanding of the Reformation itself and the breadth of perspectives represented within it.
4) The recovery of the robust spiritual theology and devotional treasures of the Reformation's engagement with the Bible.
This commentary on Galatians/Ephesians accomplishes each of these goals.
The commentary is presented in a very easy to follow way. I was very curious about how it would flow, given the vast amount of contributors in it. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised both by the content and the ease of knowing who the original author was and the source that it came out of. Each section begins with a passage of Scripture with a given title (i.e. Galatians 6:1-5 Spiritual Admonition). The Scripture is from the ESV and is single column and italicized across the top of the page. Each section of Scripture then has an Overview section, which gives a summary of the thoughts that follow. Each topic in the passage is identified by a bold font making it easy to scan through the sections. Each commentary section begins with the author (i.e. Martin Luther) in all caps and is followed directly by the commentary on the section and ends with the reference (i.e. First Lectures on Galatians). The order that is provided by this layout is very beneficial to the reader for a variety of reasons:
1) It allows the reader to clearly identify who the Reformation author is and from what writing this excerpt came from.
2) If the reader is scanning through the commentary with the intent of finding a particular passage the bold font and headings makes it easy to quickly find the passage you are looking for
3) It is easy to compare how different writers of the Reformation chose to comment and expound on the Scripture passage.
4) The original reference makes it easy to follow up by consulting the original source.
I was pleasantly surprised and thrilled to "meet" many new voices from the Reformation period through this commentary. I was also blessed by the short biographical sketch in the back of the volume that gives the reader a short introduction to those writers he may not be familiar with. There is also a nine page timeline of the Reformation in the back of this volume that is an excellent historical resource.
I cannot express again how wonderfully smooth this commentary reads while at the same time keeping the original authors voices. The reader doesn't get what the editor thinks Calvin, Luther etc. said about a text but instead they get the authors own words. It is truly commendable what the editors have done in bringing together all of these voices. Instead of having to flip from commentary to commentary the reader can simply read through the section and have a wonderful flow to their study. Also, many of the original writings may not be accessible the way some of the more well known writers are. I am truly blessed by this commentary and feel that it would be a great addition to both pastors and lay-persons libraries.
I received a free copy of this commentary from IVP Academic in exchange for an honest review.