Galatians reveals how Christ changes everything.
Matthew S. Harmon traces the argument of Paul’s most polemic letter. In Galatians, Paul defends his authority and attacks his opponents’ arguments—and in both cases, the decisive factor is the Gospel. History and Scripture must be interpreted in light of Christ’s arrival. The new creation has broken in, leaving nothing unaltered. Harmon plumbs Galatians’ theological depth, including its view of sin and exile, apocalyptic antitheses, the Trinity, Isaiah’s servant figure, the law, righteousness, and faith(fulness).
Matthew S. Harmon offers a detailed and rigorous analysis of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, mindful of exegetical detail as well as wider theological themes. An excellent treatment of the text that will benefit students and pastors alike.
—Michael F. Bird, academic dean and lecturer in theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia
Matthew Harmon's Galatians offers rich fare for students, pastors, and scholars alike. Building on the flurry of recent scholarship on the letter, Harmon provides a sure path through the interpretive hotspots. ... Harmon does not leave matters in the first century but shows how Paul continues to speak to us today.
—A. Andrew Das, professor of religious studies, assistant dean of the faculty, Elmhurst University
Matt Harmon has written a fine commentary that helps pastors and students alike to understand Paul's succinct formulations of central aspects of his theology. Readers who look for assistance on Greek formulations, on historical matters, on the structure of Paul's argumentation, on exegetical details, and on theological emphases will find it all in this compact volume.
—Eckhard J. Schnabel, Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
“As Moo summarizes, ‘Christians should not think that they have the choice to do ‘whatever they want’; whether conscious of it or not, their actions at every point are governed by the flesh or the Spirit.” (Page 317)
“The flesh is portrayed as a hostile power that works in humanity to produce sinful desires that lead to disobeying God” (Page 314)
“Here the command is to walk ‘by the Spirit,’ which means living a life that is empowered and controlled by the Spirit” (Page 313)
“When Paul says that he no longer lives, he means that he is no longer the one directing and controlling his life” (Page 119)
“Before he encountered Christ, Paul’s life was defined by his progress in Judaism; now his identity is defined by his union with the crucified Christ.” (Page 119)
The Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary (EBTC) series locates each biblical book within redemptive history and illuminates its unique theological contributions. All EBTC volumes feature informed exegetical treatment of the biblical book and thorough discussion of its most important theological themes in relation to the canon—all in a style that is useful and accessible to students of Scripture and preachers of the word.
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Matthew S. Harmon is professor of New Testament studies at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. He is author of The Servant of the Lord and His Servant People (New Studies in Biblical Theology) and Rebels and Exiles: A Biblical Theology of Sin and Restoration (Essential Studies in Biblical Theology).