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Designed for the pastor and Bible teacher, this series brings together commentary features rarely gathered together in one volume. Written by notable evangelical scholars, each volume in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series treats the literary context and structure of the passage in the original Greek. The series consistently provides the main point, an exegetical outline, verse-by-verse commentary, and theology in application in each section of every commentary. Critical scholarship informs each step but does not dominate the commentary, allowing readers to concentrate on the biblical author's message as it unfolds. While primarily designed for those with a basic knowledge of biblical Greek, all who strive to understand and teach the New Testament will find these books beneficial. The ZECNT series covers the entire New Testament in twenty volumes; Clinton E. Arnold serves as general editor. In this volume, Thomas R. Schreiner offers pastors, students, and teachers a focused resource for reading Galatians. Through the use of graphic representations of translations, succinct summaries of main ideas, exegetical outlines and other features, Schreiner presents Paul's Epistle to the Galatians with precision and accuracy. Because of this series' focus on the textual structure of the scriptures, readers will better understand the literary elements of Galatians, comprehend the author's revolutionary goals, and ultimately discover their vital claims upon the church today.

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Series: Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (November 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310243726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310243724
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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The Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series (ZECNT) is geared towards pastors with an emphasis on the flow and structure of the text, and Schreiner's Galatians does an excellent job meeting these goals. The graphic layouts for each section break down the verses to explain the flow of thought ('y is an explanation of x'; 'b is the contrast of a'). Each verse has the Greek and an English translation, and the explanations of the Greek are largely free of technical jargon (except sometimes in the footnotes). Each section ends with theology/application, but more often than not it is dry and unspecific. The book closes with addressing significant themes in Galatians, and this is extremely helpful for getting a quick snapshot of Galatians.

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.
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I'm pretty picky with my commentaries. I want them to have substance without being unnecessarily technical. I want them to take the text apart, but I also want them to grasp the sweep of a text. I'm just asking for a deep but readable exploration of the text that gets the whole as well as the parts. That's all.

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.
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In "Galatians" expect to find all the help you would from an exegetical commentary in regards to greek, syntax, and context, but in addition, expect to be shepherded. I say this in the sense that Schreiner is a preaching pastor, but don't get the idea that his application is airy and light. Schreiner writes as a scholar/pastor which I think helps for a more interesting read. He is gospel centered and boast's in Christ throughout, sprinkling the pages with gospel driven application. Schreiner is one of the leading scholars against the New Perspective on Paul and interacts well with Sanders, Dunn, and Wright. This commentary is rather theological in it's approach, to my liking. I, like many others who teach, seek to know the main point of each particular passage and how its fits in with the book and then the whole corpus which Schreiner provides in each section. Schreiner does an admirable job in interacting with scholarship past and present and comes down on the side of the reformers as regards to the purpose and meaning of Galatians saying essentially that Calvin and Luther got it right so don't expect much more then what they have given us. But I would say that this commentary will be more helpful then Calvin by merely all the tools it provides. Sentence diagrams, structure, main point, commentary, and theology and application. For you commentary lovers out there, read through these 450 pages and I guarentee you will understand the letter to a much greater extent and be edified and encouraged in the process. Schreiner seemed to listen to D.A. Carson's words from his commentary survey book who said essentially, the church needs a better commentary then Bruce and Longenecker that will give us more theology, namely biblical theology, and interaction with the New Perspective on Paul.Read more ›
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First, note that Professor Schreiner writes for a specific audience and a specific purpose: "This commentary is written especially for pastors and students who want some help with the Greek text" (p. 13). Thus this exegetical commentary is not designed to be an exhaustive treatment of Galatians, polemically, theologically, or otherwise. Nonetheless, Schreiner does briefly engage other views on select points, such as, the interpretations of "justification" and "the works of the law" and "the faith of Jesus Christ" vis-a-vis the New Perspective on Paul (pp. 155-66).

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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