In this volume, respected New Testament scholar Peter Oakes offers a translation and reading of Galatians as presenting a gospel of unity in diversity in Christ. He shows that Paul treats the Galatians’ possible abandonment of his gospel as putting at stake their fidelity to Christ.
As with other volumes in the Paideia series, this volume is conversant with contemporary scholarship, draws on ancient backgrounds, and attends to the theological nature of the text. Students, pastors, and other readers will appreciate the historical, literary, and theological insight offered in this practical commentary.
“This excellent commentary sets Paul’s letter effectively within its historical context, finely illuminates the text while well illustrating and contributing to the range of discussion on the letter within contemporary scholarship.” – James D. G. Dunn, Durham University
“Peter Oakes has delivered the goods in his much-anticipated Galatians commentary. Despite the many difficult passages in Galatians, Oakes provides a judicious and magisterial treatment of the text.” – Michael F. Bird, Ridley College
“Drawing on his extensive knowledge of Paul’s social world, Peter Oakes here offers a fresh reading of Galatians that is historically secure, exegetically precise, and theologically relevant. Oakes masterfully filters the best of current scholarship in an accessible form, adding many original insights of his own.” – John M. G. Barclay, Durham University
“Oakes combines a deep grasp of the ancient social context, a close familiarity with the exegetical issues, and an insightful identification of contemporary theological questions that are impacted and provoked by this potent Pauline letter.” – Philip Esler, University of Gloucestershire
“In this eminently readable and erudite commentary, Peter Oakes guides the reader through the text and argument of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians with careful exegesis and theological sensitivity.” – Martinus C. de Boer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Peter Oakes (DPhil, University of Oxford) is Greenwood Senior Lecturer in the New Testament at the University of Manchester in Manchester, England. He is the author of Reading Romans in Pompeii: Paul’s Letter at Ground Level and Philippians: From People to Letter, and has contributed to many books. He is also the editor of Rome in the Bible and the Early Church and the coeditor of Torah in the New Testament.
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