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Galatians (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) Hardcover – November 13, 2010
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Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament and associate dean of Scripture and interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. The author of numerous books, he is the preaching pastor of Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.
Clinton E. Arnold (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is Dean and Professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology in LaMirada, California.
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Another big appeal is that he deals heavily with the New Perspective, and he generally does so in a clear and direct manner (yet disagrees with its main tenants throughout). I'd compare this series to the Baker Exegetical series (BECNT), but the holistic perspective and focus on the text's flow makes this series accessible to a wider audience. Highly recommended for pastors, and scholars should at least give this series a look.
I snagged a review copy of Galatians by Thomas Schreiner. How does it measure up to my demands? The best thing I can say about it is that makes me want to preach Galatians. It hits the sweet spot: it provides just the right type of information to be useful for a preacher trying to work through a passage in the process of crafting a sermon.
This series has some great features. It gives a concise statement of the main idea of each passage, which is a great help to preachers. Why can't more commentaries do that? Discerning the big idea is one of the most challenging and exciting parts of sermon preparation and is crucial to big-idea preaching. Of course, a commentary shouldn't replace the preacher's own work, but this is a nice help if it's used properly. Not many commentaries grapple with the big idea of the passage.
Each chapter works through a passage, and contains the following sections:
-insights on the literary context
-a graphical outline of the text
-the main idea
-notes on the structure
-an exegetical outline
-an explanation of the text
-a section that applies the theology of the passage
As expected, Schreiner does a very capable job of handling the text. It strikes me as a good commentary to use as you get a handle on the text. It doesn't go as deep as some of the commentaries, but you sure can't say that it's shallow.
This is a commentary I plan on using. If you're a student of Scripture, or especially a preacher who believes in preaching the big idea of the passage, then this series is definitely worth checking out.
Second, Schreiner's commentary is all about the biblical text. Aside from a brief introduction to Galatians (pp. 21-59) and a brief concluding section that summarizes important doctrinal themes in the book (pp. 387-401), the bulk of the commentary sticks to explication of the text. This is a refreshing feature since many commentaries frequently bog down the reader in technical issues that are of secondary importance to pastors.
Third, the layout of the book is attractive, and the binding is solid. The fonts in each section, including the grey asides boxes spread throughout, are large and readable.
If you have had a year or two of New Testament Greek and desire to use and further develop your language skills in service of your preaching and teaching, then the consider adding ZECNT series volumes as unique and useful exegetical tools. If the Galatians commentary is any indication, the future of the series looks promising.
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