Galatians. Not the longest of Paul’s epistles, but in some ways the most forceful. Not always the most beloved of NT writings, but in many ways the most lovely. This epistle that resounds the aria of grace with such brevity has now been engaged in a nearly 1,000-page commentary by the legendarily prolific Craig Keener.1
But of course, you already knew that. Perhaps you already have the massive physical copy on your desk. But now it’s finally available on Logos, and that means instant searchability and full integration with your entire digital system.
But why would you want another commentary on Galatians?
And what does Keener say that has not been said before?
Indeed, can Keener compete with Luther, who wrote in his own commentary on Galatians such gems as this? “The Gospel is true because it deprives men of all glory, wisdom, and righteousness and turns over all honor to the Creator alone. It is safer to attribute too much glory unto God than unto man.”
Yes. Keener can.
Here are a few choice selections from Keener, just a taste of what awaits within the 896 dense pages of the largest commentary on Galatians ever:
When missionaries mix up their own culture with the gospel and impose this mixture in other cultures (more common in earlier centuries), they repeat the error of Paul’s rivals in Galatia. Christian mission that follows Paul’s model should contextualize the gospel in the ways that are most intelligible in the receiving culture, whether that contextualization makes it more offensive (cf. Gal. 5:11) or less. Paul fought an ideological battle (cf. 2 Cor. 10:5) at the beginning to head off worse conflicts, or even suppression of the gospel, that could follow.2
Or this gem of an insight on the Antioch Incident:
[A]ll humans are fallible and God is no respecter of persons; the gospel is about God’s work for us in Christ, not about human agents (1:1, 10–12; 2:6). Galatians 2:11–14 should warn us not to idealize or idolize the first apostles or any of Jesus’s other agents, and if not them, neither anyone afterward. Had the Gospel of Mark not been sufficient to teach us that Jesus rather than his disciples is the only true human hero, Paul does so in this case. Both those we respect and we ourselves are fallible,519 but the gospel is able to compensate for that fallibility and bring us back to truth.3
But don’t take my word for it that this commentary belongs in your Logos library. One of the best reviews I’ve seen of Keener’s Galatians is by Larry Hurtado, who gave a concise but laudatory overview of the work earlier this month.
Check out Hurtado’s review, then get your copy in Logos.