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Galatians (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible | BTC)

, 2023
ISBN: 9781587431449



The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible advances the assumption that the Nicene creedal tradition, in all its diversity, provides the proper basis for the interpretation of the Bible as Christian scripture. The series volumes, written by leading theologians, encourage readers to explore how the vital roots of the ancient Christian tradition inform and shape faithfulness today.

In this addition to the series, respected theologian Kathryn Greene-McCreight offers a theological reading of Galatians. As with other volumes in the series, this commentary is designed to serve the church, providing a rich resource for preachers, teachers, students, and study groups. It demonstrates the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible.

  • Demonstrates the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible
  • Provides a rich resource for preachers, teachers, students, and study groups
  • Offers a theological reading of Galatians
Kathryn Greene-McCreight offers a fresh reading of Galatians. Her engagement with a broad range of theological interpretation, both ancient and modern, is impressive. Here is a rich compendium of resources for the theological interpretation of Paul's provocative letter.

—Susan Eastman, associate research professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School

Greene-McCreight adds a rich and important contribution to the Brazos series. The approach is linguistically careful, responsibly resourced by a range of Christian and Jewish scholarship, and steeped in the (especially patristic) tradition of the church. The result is pointed and provocative in fundamental ways. The volume reads Galatians not in the context of post-Reformation debates over justification but as a decidedly Pauline proclamation of Christ-centered promise that can speak especially into a present time of conflict and confusion over bodies and gender. Moving verse by verse, and occasionally expanding into small essays of detailed and luminescent analysis, the commentary scintillates with a liberative freshness.

—Ephraim Radner, professor of historical theology, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

This commentary makes it clear that Galatians is a pastoral letter primarily about an issue of fact, one which had implications for belief: the enforcement of circumcision on Gentile Christians. Greene-McCreight's work is informed by recent biblical scholarship, not least by firsthand appreciation of J. Louis Martyn and his insights. The specificity of the issue Paul dealt with problematizes the drive to universalizability and inclusivity; his message of liberation might have to be received in a register different from what we are used to these days. Accordingly, the exegesis is detailed, and close reading prevails over grand theorizing. It is also nicely informed by the wisdom of the interpretation of the Christian tradition.

—Mark W. Elliot, professor of biblical and historical theology, University of the Highlands and Islands; professorial fellow, Wycliffe College, Toronto

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by a world-class set of research and study tools. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Kathryn Greene-McCreight holds a PhD from Yale University and is priest associate at The Episcopal Church at Yale. Her previous books include Ad Litteram: How Augustine, Calvin, and Barth Read the Plain Sense of Genesis 1–3 and Feminist Reconstructions of Christian Doctrine: A Narrative Analysis and Appraisal. She also serves on the board of the Elm City Chapter of National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) and on the Patient and Advisory Council of Yale Psychiatric Hospital.


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