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Galatians (Crossway Classic Commentaries) [Paperback]

By Martin Luther (Author), Alister McGrath (Editor) & J. I. Packer (Editor)
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Item description for Galatians (Crossway Classic Commentaries) by Martin Luther, Alister McGrath & J. I. Packer...

Luther's commentary on Galatians is considered among the finest of all time. Abridged and stylistically adapted for today's readers his astounding work is part of the Crossway Classic Commentaries.

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For hundreds of years Christendom has been blessed with Bible commentaries written by great men of God who were highly respected for their godly work and their insight into spiritual truth. The Crossway Classic Commentary Series, carefully adapted for maximum understanding and usefulness, presents the very best work on individual Bible books for today's believers.

Ever since it was written, the apostle Paul's letter to the believers in Galatia has nurtured trust and assurance in Christ. Its grand themes of the superiority of Scripture over human reason, the sufficiency of Christ's atonement through his death, and the freedom of justification through faith alone continue to energize and enlighten Christians today.

This classic commentary from the heart of a courageous apostle will encourage and equip all who desire to understand, live out, and communicate the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Studio: Crossway Books
Pages   303
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.49" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.83"
Weight:   0.74 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 1998
Publisher   Crossway Books/Good News
Edition  Abridged  
Series  Crossway Classic Commentaries  
ISBN  0891079947  
ISBN13  9780891079941  

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More About Martin Luther, Alister McGrath & J. I. Packer

Martin Luther

MARTIN LUTHER (1483-1546) was professor of Bible at Wittenberg University, and this exposition of Galatians came out of his classroom. Undoubtedly the most powerful discussion of justification by faith prepared by any of the Reformers, this commentary on Galatians has had a profound impact on many through the centuries, including both John and Charles Wesley.

Alister McGrath (PhD, University of Oxford) is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, president of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and senior research fellow at Harris Manchester College in Oxford. He is also a noted author and coeditor of Crossway's Classic Commentaries series.

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

Martin Luther was born in 1483 and died in 1546.

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Powerful commentary, a true classic  Feb 14, 2006
As other reviewers have noted, Luther's commentary on the book of Galatians is not your average commentary. It is truly a classic that is worth the time and effort of any believer who is looking to gain a deeper understanding of this important book of the New Testament.

The central theme of Galatians is justification by faith, and Luther goes to great length explaining what it means, and why it is so central to the Body of Christ. Like other reviewers, I was struck by Luther's passion and precision of argument as he expounds on the text. I think this commentary has really opened my eyes in a new way to what Christ has done for all of us. It challenged me to think about a lot of aspects of my faith in a new light, and appreciate the fact that Christ is my redeemer, and has provided the thing I need most since I cannot accomplish it on my own.

I highly recommend this commentary to any Christian looking for a better understanding of Galatians. It may also be useful to read if you are struggling with your faith, and have doubts about whether or not the cross of Christ has found true meaning in your life. Luther's words will inspire you and educate you in the process. You will not be disappointed. Sola Fide.
By Faith Alone (Sola Fide)  Jun 25, 2004
This is, in my estimation, the greatest non-canonical book ever written. Luther expounds Paul's epistle to the Galatians with an insight, power and depth of emotion which is sorely lacking in modern commentaries. He is not concerned with the various potential interpretations of "problematic passages" that fill the pages of other commentaries. From the very first page Luther cuts to the heart of the epistle-the doctrine of justification-in the way that only he can. His bold words and plain-sense interpretations result in a work filled with much of the same force and passion that characterized the epistle itself. The grace of God and the love of Jesus Christ cling to every word like the scent of a precious perfume. I cannot recommend this work highly enough. This is the very essence of the gospel as understood by the one who "rediscovered" the doctrines of faith and grace as he teaches us from the words of the one to whom God first revealed those doctrines. If you are looking for an up-to-date critical commentary or a greek-focused exegetical work then you will not find it here, but if you would hear a plain declaration of the power and wisdom of God then you will not find a better treatise apart from the Bible. (Note: This review is based upon the 415 page edition introduced by D. Stuart Briscoe--both are abridgments of Luther's actual commentary).
His Passion is Contagious; My Favorite Galatians Commentary  Mar 30, 2004
Not too long ago I wrapped up a year-long study of Galatians. In the process, the Spirit used the book to bring the definition and perils of legalism to bear on my life. Just as in Galatians 3:1, seeing Christ clearly portrayed as crucified for my sins, how could I foolishly even presume to think that there was something that I could add to this salvation?! God used the book to literally change my life: making me fall deeper in love with Christ, shoving me to my knees at the foot of the cross, and revealing and removing many of my personal legalistic hopes of justification other than Christ.

That is what I love about Luther's commentary. Luther was learning this stuff and loving it as he was teaching it. He was not a theologian who had the benefit of walking in the steps of bible-loving, grace-espousing mentors. He was pierced by the word and the Spirit changed his heart by it. This is what you see in Galatians. During my study I read many great commentaries, but my favorite was Luthers. Luther acts in this commentary as both an exegete and a pastor. This is a commentary that you may just want to curl up with on the couch after you finish studying a section and read and read again. His passion is contagious.

(By the way, my other favorite Galatians commentaries were MacArthur's and Hendriksen's. Calvin's and Stott's came in a close #4 and #5). I hope this helps.

Justification by Faith in all its Brilliance  Aug 30, 2000
Martin Luther (1483-1546 AD) became an Augustinian, Roman Catholic monk where he studied the Word of God diligently while still in the monastery. His study convinced him to post his 95 theses, statements he wanted to debate within the context of the Church to restore it. The rest is history as Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic church and became the first "Lutheran." Luther was convinced that: God justifies a person (declares him righteous and acquits him) by faith alone and not by works, each believer has access to God directly apart from any human intermediaries, and the Scriptures are the true source of authority for both faith and life. Many of his doctrines, especially on justification, he covered brilliantly in his commentary on Galatians. And rightly so, for Galatians was his favorite book, his "Katherine," and it was central to his understanding of the gospel.

Luther's Commentary on Galatians in the history of the Christian Church is very remarkable. It presents like no other of the central thought of Christianity: the justification of the sinner for the sake of Christ's merits alone. Luther also delineates the difference between Law (what God demands from us) and Gospel (what God has done and does for us); in this text, we understand his "simul justus et peccator," that is, a Christian is simultaneously 100 % saint and 100 % sinner.

To understand Christian theology and justification by faith, reading this commentary is proper, right, for our eternal good--for Luther explains the doctrines of the Scriptures in forthright boldness and clarity.

Galatians a commentary of liberty!  May 1, 2000
Luther is one of my heroes in that in the midst of trials and persecution sought to restore the Gospel to its rightful place: not as subserviant to the church but as its guide! Luther's commentary on Galatians is as fresh today as it was when he penned it 450 years ago. It is a refreshing piece of work that shows how the Christian life is not based on what one does, but on who one knows -- and that person is Jesus Christ.

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