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Product Details

  • Series: Reformed Expository Commentary
  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing (June 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875527825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875527826
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Those of us who regularly preach need commentaries that provide the best biblical scholarship and understand the challenges of today's pastorate. The Reformed Expository Commentary series speaks to both needs. This volume in particular is a sermon preparation tool of exceptional value."

--Bryan Chapell

"In an age when scholars write commentaries the size of encyclopedias so that exposition is often drowned in an ocean of background technical details, Dr. Ryken's Galatians--the first volume in this series--appears as a welcome sign of springtime and the firstfruits of the harvest to come." --Sinclair B. Ferguson

"Phil Ryken is a living refutation of the argument that great expository preaching just can't be found today. He brings to his pulpit a rare combination of biblical insight, theological substance, and pastoral application. In Galatians, Ryken takes us right into the mind of the apostle Paul and into the heart of this great letter. A richly rewarding and faithful commentary." --R. Albert Mohler Jr.

"Marvelously exhibits the model of the pastor-scholar. Laypeople will discover a wealth of sound teaching. Even pastors who want to stay abreast of more academic trends in biblical scholarship will appreciate Ryken's godly common sense and theological wisdom. I warmly recommend this work to pastors and to those who hear them preach."

--Michael Horton

"It is uniquely appropriate that this commentary series commences with an exposition of a Pauline letter at the center of recent discussions. Because Ryken rightly understands that Galatians is about justification, and that the problem vexing the Galatians was no mere exclusivism but legalism, his exposition will help many a preacher set forth the gospel of grace." --J. Ligon Duncan III

About the Author

Philip Graham Ryken (D.Phil., Oxford University) is senior minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia. He is also the editor of more than fifteen books and the coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series. He contributed Jeremiah and Lamentations to the Preaching the Word series.

More About the Author

Philip Graham Ryken (PhD, University of Oxford) is the 8th president of Wheaton College and, prior to that, served as senior minister at Philadelphia's historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. He has written several books for Crossway, and has lectured and taught at universities and seminaries worldwide. Dr. Ryken and his wife, Lisa, live in Wheaton and have five children.

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Surely Calvinist scholars have better arguments for their position (they do!).
David A. Bielby
The chapter divisions would easily mark a sermon series (which I'm preparing for; the reason I read it), to include helpful illustrations and quotes.
Robert G. Leroe
He presents the Protestant Gospel found in Luther and the Reformation (and the Bible!)
Bryan James Miller

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By David A. Bielby VINE VOICE on November 16, 2006
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First let me say that I am a pastor working through Galatians. I have looked at about at least 30 or 35 commentaries either a little or quite a bit. This one has ended up on my short list of favorites. Although I don't use it every time I work on a passage, it is one that gets used a lot.

Here's what I love about it:

This commentary lays out a review of the passage he deals with in a logical and clear fashion that is easy to follow. He gives good bullet points that are easy to follow reviewing even some theological ramifications of the passage at hand. It's practical and deals with issues most readers will want to understand. He does not spend a lot of time on difficult to follow minutia. Yet at the same time he does give a lot of good perspective. For preachers, some of his phrases will preach well.

Some of his illustrations are fresh and innovative. For example, he illustrates the addition of the law/legalism over Christ's work on the cross (Galatians 5) by talking about a baseball that is autographed by Babe Ruth. The owner of the baseball, seeing Babe's signature is faded, decides to take out a marker and write B-A-B-E R-U-T-H on it...right over the original signature. The effect is to make the ball worthless. In the same way, trying to add our works via the law or on our own has that effect to Christ's work on the cross. It obliterates it. So we should trust in Christ's work on the cross, not our own or our efforts through the law of Moses.

Now there is one weakness in this book. I would expect a commentary that says 'Reformed' on the cover to present the reformed view. He does, however, what he fails to do is present CONVINCING arguments for rejecting Arminianism.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bryan James Miller on July 30, 2009
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This book was a very beneficial, clear, and positive presentation of the Gospel. It was also a most helpful critique of the New Perspective, Federal Vision, and Auburn Avenue-like theologies (mostly found in the footnotes). He presents the Protestant Gospel found in Luther and the Reformation (and the Bible!) as clearly as I've seen anywhere.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jacques Schoeman on December 5, 2009
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A cursory glance at church history will convincingly show that there have been frequent attempts to veil again what God in His mercy chose to unveil. Philip Ryken, however, accepts the facts as biblical history chose to place it before us. Unquestiongly. The Bible tells of many attempts that were made on the apostle's life, and here we see why as Paul displayed in this letter an unyielding commitment to the cause of the one true gospel, which was to set him in the midst of corrupted religion. Yet this is where the sovereign Spirit had knowingly led him before (Acts 13 and 14), and still in full control of the fearless apostle, as one who no longer lived but had Christ living inside of him, made Paul to rise and meet the denials from the opponents of grace.

'The gospel was not an invention, or a tradition, but a revelation. That is to say, it was something previously unknown that was unveiled by God.' p 30

Ryken only senses a greater threat. 'We worship in a church of many gospels.' The preached Word gets around, there's no denying. Yet what exactly was the problem at Galatia, and can its mending have any real meaning to the wax nose modern Christians seem born-again with? Hypocrisy is not a Christian's ally, and from Paul's vantage point we learn supremely that, comments Ryken, 'It is not enough to share the gospel or even preach it - the gospel has to be defended.' p 40 Ryken supplements and makes the connections explicit in Paul's criticisms of the 'alternative' gospel which had surfaced and gained momentum in the early church in a very short time. The flow of the argument is improved considerably by recapitulating on the full intent of Paul's pithy statements gained from his emotional objections and appeals to his brethren.
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