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Galatians: Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary (EBTC)

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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).

Praise for Galatians

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

Top Highlights

“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)

Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary series

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.

Learn more about the other titles in this series.

  • Title: Galatians: Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary (EBTC)
  • Author: Matthew S. Harmon
  • Series: Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary (EBTC)
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Pages: 656
  • Format: Logos Digital, Hardcover
  • Trim Size: 5.5x8.5
  • ISBN: 9781683595632

Matthew S. Harmon is professor of New Testament Studies at Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana.


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  1. Bella Schroeder
    Harmon's commentary on Galatians offers a scholarly yet accessible exploration of Paul's epistle. His commentary stand out for its meticulous exegesis. He carefully examines the text of Galatians, paying close attention to linguistics details, historical context, and literary structure. Harmon writes to shed light on the urgency and passion behind Paul's writing. One of Harmon's strength is his theological depth that is included in this commentary. He navigates major themes of justification by faith, the role of the Law, and Christian freedom with ease. He also discusses hard and debatable topics such as historical and contemporary debates with a balanced perspective that respects the diversity of interpretation while clearly articulating his own views on the topic. Another strength of this commentary is Harmon way of connecting the New Testament with the Old Testament. He uses the topic of adopting and connects verses from Genesis and Exodus to verses in the New Testament. This shows that not only does Harmon have a deep understanding of the New Testament but rather he is able to see the bigger picture of the gospel. One of my favorite parts of this commentary is towards the end of the commentary when Harmon brings up the debate regarding faith. This is in refence to do they refer to "faith in Christ" or the faithfulness of Christ." Harmon is convinced that this phrases refers to the believers' faith in Christ. Harmon handles this debate with ease and because of that it was interesting to read and this made it my favorite part. Harmon's commentary on Galatians in the EBTC series is a valuable resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of this pivotal New Testament book. His combination of theological depth, exegesis, practical application, and engagement with biblical theology and contemporary scholarship makes this commentary standout. This commentary will offer rich insights that will enhance your study of Galatians, whether you are a student, pastor or someone seeking a deeper understanding of Galatians.
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