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Let's Study Galatians (Let's Study Series) Paperback – August 1, 2004
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Originally from Wales, Derek Thomas is Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina, and the Robert Strong Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia.
After pastoring for 17 years in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Thomas returned to the USA in 1996 where, in addition to his service to the Jackson campus of RTS, he served as the Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson until 2011, when he joined the staff at FPC, Columbia. As well as serving in the pastorate, Derek has served as editor of the Evangelical Presbyterian, a monthly denominational magazine.
A graduate of RTS in 1978, he gained a Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Lampeter in Calvin's preaching on the book of Job. He has written or edited several books and has contributed to the Trust's Let s Study commentary series (Galatians, Revelation). In 2004, Derek Thomas became Editorial Director for The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and the editor of its e-zine, Reformation 21. He married his wife, Rosemary, in 1976 and they have two adult children and two grandchildren.
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In this book, Let's Study Galatians, the author takes us through some background behind why Paul is writing this book. There is some debate over when the book of Galatians was written and how that might have affected what Paul wrote regarding the whole Gentiles and Jews controversy and the need for keeping the law to be a Christian. The author really brings out the tone of Galatians and Paul's directness to the Galatians in his rebuke towards them. I really enjoy how he gives the background and how the other apostles might have been affected by these issues, particularly as Paul talks about his confrontation with Peter in the book of Galatians.
For help in understanding the background of Galatians and the issues that it addresses, this is a readable and useful commentary. Again another winner in the Let's Study series (which, by the way, is on sale at Banner of Truth through the end of December).
*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher Banner of Truth in exchange for my review.