Grace in Galatia: A Commentary on Paul's Letter to the Galatians

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Grace in Galatia is an innovative socio-rhetorical study of Paul's most polemical letter. Ben Witherington breaks new ground by analyzing the whole of Galatians as a deliberative discourse meant to forestall the Galatians from submitting to circumcision and the Jewish law.

The commentary features the latest discussion of major problems in Pauline studies, including Paul's view of the law and the relationship between the historical data in Galatians and in Acts. Yet the narrative character of Witherington's work allows it to remain exceedingly accessible.

The volume also includes sections following the major divisions of the commentary that point to the relevance of the text for believers today, making Grace in Galatia of special value to pastors and general readers as well as students and scholars.

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"Witherington is to be commended for taking stock of recent scholarship on Galatians and distilling it into a commentary that is accessible to students, teachers, or pastors.... Outstanding guide through Paul's letter."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802844330
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,122,170
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Bibliography 49
Epistolary Prescript: 1.1-5 69
Exordium: 1.6-10 Two Gospels? 79
Narratio: 1.11-2.14 The Origin and Character of the Gospel of Grace 89
The Gospel of Christ 89
A Narrative of Surprising Developments: Jerusalem, Antioch and Beyond 94
Propositio: 2.15-21 by the Faithfulness of Christ, not by Works of the Law 169
Probatio: 3.1-6.10 197
The Faith of Abraham and the Foolishness of the Galatians 197
The Appeal to Spiritual Experience 200
The Appeal to Scripture 216
The Appeal to Legal Covenants 240
The Goal of the Guardian, The Function of the Faithful One 249
Why the Law was Added 252
The Guardian's Goal 261
The Heirs Apparent 281
Shared Experience 295
Deja Vu 295
Paul's Labor Pains 303
The Allegory of Antipathy 321
The Unkindest Cut of All 359
Testimony from the Top 365
What Cuts and What Counts 371
Freedom's Service, Love's Law 375
Antisocial Behavior and Eschatological Fruit 389
Foiling the Fulfillment of the Flesh 390
The Spirit's Fruit 407
Bearable Burdens and the Yoke of Christ 417
The Law of Christ 418
Doing Good to Teachers and Others 430
Paul's Autograph: 6.11 439
Peroratio: 6.12-17 The Sum of the Matter 443
Index of Authors 461
Index of References 465
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