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Galatians: Pentecostal Commentary [Paperback]

Gordon D. Fee
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September 28, 2007 1905679025 978-1905679027
An introduction situating Pauls letter in time and space is followed by a detailed discussion of each section of the letter, annotated verse-by-verse commentary, and a theological discussion with challenging questions for individual or group study.

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  • Series: Pentecostal Commentary
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Deo Publishing (September 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905679025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905679027
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth purchasing July 26, 2008
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The Pentecostal Commentary series is obviously for Pentecostals, and their movement is blessed with one of the finest biblical scholars in the world in Gordon D. Fee. He holds the prestigious post of General Editor of the NICNT series, and his commentary there on 1 Corinthians is a masterpiece. His commentary on the Pastoral epistles (1 & 2 Tim, Titus) in a different series is also widely respected although a little dated. At last he has contributed a commentary for the Pentecostal series, on the all-important NT letter of Paul to the Galatians.
Anyone familiar with Fee's many impressive scholarly works knows that he is Pentecostal by birth, by conversion, and by conviction, and that he is a wise and often moderating voice in that movement. But his "Pentecostal" commentary on Galatians is not his best work.
The commentary is good, but it is hard to categorise. It is not academic enough to satisfy the scholarly world. The bibliography consists of just eleven works, although more than these appear to be mentioned in the footnotes. But then it is too academic to be fully accessible to the untrained reader: Greek words are printed in Greek font, and his analysis of some texts is very technical. For example, how many ordinary Bible readers would know the significance of a chiastic structure?
Yet the commentary is great reading. Fee writes in excellent prose, makes his points tellingly, and engages with just enough other scholars to cover the more important questions that have been raised about Galatians and Paul's real purpose in writing it. Pastors, both Pentecostal and conservative evangelical, will find this very much worth having in their libraries.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Unlike the last reviewer whose prejudice against the largest growing Christian movement worldwide today is not only palpable, but ignorant...let me say that this is the finest short commentary on Galatians on the market today. Gordon Fee has studied and worked in Pauline interpretation for most of his career. Yes, typical readings for Fee appear here as well, and Paul emerges in this earlier letter, not looking too much like John Calvin, Martin Luther, nor the current Pope. Rather, as always, Paul is the pastor, moved by the specific circumstances the Galatian community finds itself in. His theological reflection is, as Fee is want to say, Ad Hoc, or occasional. The unmovables for Paul according to Fee are the experience of the Risen Christ mediated through the living Spirit. There is much offered in this slimmer volume (if you compare it to some of Fee's other commentaries, like his famous one on 1 Corinthians and his equally illuminating commentary on Philippians. Gordon Fee has also written not 1 but 2 major books in Pauline theology in which he had to survey the entire corpus (Pauline Christology and God's Empowering Presence (and that is simply the best book written on the Spirit in Paul...perhaps ever).

So, don't be dismayed by the earlier knee jerk reviewer, this book is worth your time and money and will be among your most consulted resources on Galatians.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable contribution June 23, 2009
By my (tough?) standards this is a four star book, but I just have to give it five because it is such a delight to have a commentary written by one who has experienced the things of the Spirit, is level headed and who brings a scholarly approach to the task.

The result in this case is an easy to read book, while being a far from trite approach to Galatians. This title joins other excellent commentaries by Gordon Fee. I also recommend The First Epistle to the Corinthians (The New International Commentary on the New Testament) and Paul's Letter to the Philippians (New International Commentary on the New Testament).

It is people like Gordon Fee who are able to bring to light the realities and practicalities of the walk we are to have in the Spirit, a subject so neglected today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good ol' gordy June 10, 2010
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After doing a paper on Galatians 3:6-14 I have a good sense of what issues need to be addressed for a commentary on Galatians. Gordon Fee is as sharp as always and cranks out what I consider the best commentary on Galatians. That, in a way, is actually a little sad, because there are many commentaries on Galatians. Second place probably goes to James Dunn who practically says the same things, but not always with as much conviction as Fee does. Martyn's commentary has some cannot miss gems in it as well, but suffers from overload. Fee's commentary reads nicely and clearly for the most part.

A couple of gem statements are found in this commentary. In talking about Gal 3:10 Fee says,"there is not the remotest hint here that the curse rests on us because we are incapable of doing the law, something that Paul could have easily said". The other is from the all important Gal.3:28, especially coming from an egalitarian like Fee, "the "equalizing force of verse 28 ...has little or nothing to do with any "role" people play in the Christian community except the "role" they all have in common in God's story as believers in Christ..What this passage does do is put the human-made barriers to one side with regards to being "in Christ" This statement by Fee with regard to this verse is quite unique among commentators of Galatians.

Now when it comes to commentaries on Galatians I have read, every author contradicts themself. Fee is no exception. Where are the editors? Inevitably many authors tend to mesh the written law with Christ's law so closely that you would think there is no difference between them. On page 90 Fee says about 2:18, "Under this definition of sin, if I don't keep the law, Christ himself becomes a servant of sin; and I am now a lawbreaker...
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