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A Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians [Hardcover]

By Martin Luther (Author) & Philip S. Watson (Author)
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Based upon lectures delivered by Luther at the University of Wittenburg in 1531 and transcribed by his friends and admirers, this Commentary was first published in Latin in 1535. Edited by Philip S. Watson, this revised and completed English translation is based on the 'Middleton' edition of the English version of 1575. The Epistle to the Galatians was a favourite of Luther's. He called it " my own epistle, to which I have plighted my troth. It is my Katie von Bora." He found in it a source of strength for his own faith and life, and an armoury of weapons for his reforming work. He had expounded on it twice previously: in 1519, when he depended largely on St Jerome and Erasmus for his exegesis, and in 1523, when he departed from them both. In this Commentary he frequently expresses his dissent from St Jerome, and occasionally takes issue with Erasmus. He came to think very little of his earlier commentaries, but he rated his later expositions more highly. When the complete Latin edition of his works was in preparation a couple of years before his death, he said: "If they took my advice, they'd print only the books containing doctrine, like the Galatians." Luther's main theme in this text is an attack on the human propensity for self-justification and self-righteousness, of which he finds symptoms in unexpected places. It is hardly too much to say that the whole aim of his exposition of the Epistle is to make us aware of it and point us towards its antidote. This he finds in Paul's doctrine of justification by faith - faith in Christ and in God through Christ; a faith that 'carrieth us out of ourselves'; and a faith that is 'not idle' but always 'working by love'. No-one would wish to maintain that Luther's exegesis can be defended on every point in the light of modern scholarship, but that he has caught 'the spirit and veine' of the Apostle can hardly be denied; and he has much that is illuminating to say in the course of his exposition. And since the 'plague' of self-righteousness has not been banished from the world, the main theme of his Commentary is no less relevant today than it was nearly five centuries ago. John Bunyan wrote of this book: "I do prefer this book of Martin Luther upon the Galatians, excepting the Holy Bible, before all books that I have ever seen."

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Studio: Lutterworth Press
Pages   576
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.77" Width: 5.83" Height: 1.73"
Weight:   1.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 19, 1988
Publisher   James Clarke Company
ISBN  0227674375  
ISBN13  9780227674376  

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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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Justification By Grace, Through Faith  Apr 16, 2007
This review covers the Flemming H. Revell Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle to The Galations. This version is based upon Luther's lectures at the University of Wittenberg in 1531 and the translation is based upon the "Middleton" edition of 1575. This is the best version to my knowledge, but it is written in King James english. On the positive side, it reads very poetic, but on the negative, it is harder to follow. I personally like this writing as it is closer to the language of the 16th Century. This book was considered by Luther to be his favorite, and history rates it highly. To summarize, it has a number of messages, (1) Galations shows that a person who is in true faith can fall away if they are negatively influenced by false teaching - a real problem in today's world. (2) That Biblical teaching must be solely based upon Bible scripture, and anyone who teaches man's doctrines using random Bible passages to support his/her sermons is most likely not a trustworthy preacher. (3) That even faith is a gift of God, and not a decision that a person makes. (4) That "Justification" is based upon "faith alone. (5) That Mose's OT law condemns mankind, and that anything a person tries to add to God's grace in the way of works or self rightiousness,denies what Jesus Christ did for mankind on the cross - Galatians 5:4. (6) That good works result from heart felt faith, and that good works do not preceed or contribute to salvation when it comes to "Justification."
The world needs this teaching to be more prevalent; however, the world does not like to hear it; therefore, it is almost lost in today's religious teachings. This work is a masterpiece with few peers if any, and is highly recommended to a person familiar with the Bible who desires to grow in their faith and understanding.

One of the Greatest Bible Commentaries in Existance...  Feb 4, 2006
This is, just simply, the best commentary of any book of the Bible I have thus far read. Dr. Luther elequently examines Paul's epistle to the Galations with one sole question on his mind: What does this verse mean? His notes on the verses are structured to answer that very question throughout Paul's book.

I have in my of the old editions translated into English - dated 1796. On the inside cover there is a quote from John Bunyan (the infamous writer of "Pilgrim's Progress" and "Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners") which reads as follows: "I do prefer this book of MARTIN LUTHER upon the Galatians, excepting the Holy Bible, before all books that I have ever seen." That there speaks volumes of the value of this commentary.

It is considered by many theologians to be Dr. Luther's greatest work. It is a valued book on this Protestant's bookshelf and would highly recommend it to any believer. Sola Scriptura!
By Faith Alone (Sola Fide)  Feb 8, 2005
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.

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