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Galatians

by N. T. Wright

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ISBN: 9780802825605

Page Count: 440

Publication Date: 5/25/2021

Trim Size: 6 x 9

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Galatians is often read by Christians as being primarily concerned with the traditional doctrine of justification through faith, but it is also a text focused deeply on the political concerns of its specific historical moment. This commentary from N. T. Wright—the inaugural volume of the Commentaries for Christian Formation series—offers a theological interpretation of Galatians that puts that historical context of the book in dialogue with present questions, so that readers can understand both what Paul meant and what his writing might mean for us today. 

Each section of verse-by-verse commentary in this volume is followed by Wright’s reflections on what the text says about Christian formation today, making this an excellent resource for individual readers and those preparing to teach or preach on Galatians. The focus on formation is especially appropriate for this biblical letter, in which Paul wrote to his fellow early Christians, “My children—I seem to be in labor with you all over again, until the Messiah is fully formed in you!”

The Commentaries for Christian Formation (CCF) series serves a central purpose of the Word of God for the people of God: faith formation. Some series focus on exegesis, some on preaching, some on teaching, and some on application. This new series integrates all these aims, serving the church by showing how sound theological exegesis can underwrite preaching and teaching, which in turn forms believers in the faith. 

Uniting these volumes is a shared conviction that interpreting Scripture is not an end in itself. Faithful belief, prayer, and practice, deeper love of God and neighbor: these are ends of scriptural interpretation for Christians. The volumes in Commentaries for Christian Formation interpret Scripture in ways aimed at ordering readers’ lives and worship in imitation of Christ, informing their understanding of God, and animating their participation in the church’s global mission with a deepened sense of calling.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Galatians
The Situation in Galatia
Paul’s Answer
Commentaries and Christian Formation
Galatians 1:1–17
The Charge: Pleasing People
Galatians 1:1–5: Apostleship and the Gospel
Galatians 1:6–9: Another Gospel?
Galatians 1:10–17: The Story So Far
Conclusion: Formation
Galatians 1:18–2:10
Galatians 1:18–24: First Jerusalem Visit: A Happy Relationship
Galatians 2:1–10: The Second Visit: Standing Firm
Galatians 2:1–5: “Not Compelled”
Galatians 2:6–10: “Nothing Added”
Conclusion
Galatians 2:11–21
Galatians 2:11–14: Peter in Antioch
Galatians 2:15–21: Introduction
Historical Exegesis
Galatians 2:15–16
Galatians 2:19–21
Conclusion
Galatians 3:1–14
How Does Abraham’s Story Work?
Galatians 3:1–5: The Spirit and Faith
Galatians 3:6–9: Abraham and the Covenant
Galatians 3:10–14: The Curse of the Law
Galatians 3:15–29
Galatians 3:15–18
Galatians 3:19–22: Why Then the Law?
Galatians 3:23–25: Under the Paidagōgos
Galatians 3:26–29: Abraham’s One Family
Conclusion
Galatians 4:1–11
Galatians 4:1–7: The New Exodus
Galatians 4:4–7: Introduction
Galatians: 4:8–11: Don’t Go Back to Slavery!
Conclusion
Galatians 4:12–5:1
Galatians 4:12–20: True Friends and False Friends
Galatians 4:21–5:1: Two Women, Two Families, Two Covenants, Two Mountains
Conclusion
Galatians 5:2–26
Introduction
Galatians 5:2–6: The Warning
Galatians 5:7–12: The Challenge
Galatians 5:13–26 Love and the Spirit
Galatians 5:13–15: Introduction: Freedom and Love
Galatians 5:16–18
Galatians 5:19–26
Galatians 6:1–18
Galatians 6:1–10: Closing Exhortations
Galatians 6:1–5: Mutual and Individual Responsibility
Galatians 6:6–10: Sowing to the Flesh or the Spirit
Galatians 6:11–18: Final Warnings and Example
Conclusion