Galatians—perhaps the second theological battleground for church doctrine after Romans—has constituted a treatise of both the conversion and life of the converted Christian and the whole community. This collection compiles 43 volumes of Post-Reformation commentary and lectures on Galatians, from Martin Luther to C.I. Scofield, and includes original translations written by the scholars themselves. With Classic Commentaries and Studies on Galatians, you’ll see 43 different perspectives that present Galatians as a text for preaching, a text for doctrine and theology, a text for application and private devotion, and, perhaps most importantly, a Word that shows us the way to God.
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This classic commentary on Galatians enables you to study under the great reformer who not only reveals great scholarship but also an intense personal identification with these profound Pauline truths. Martin Luther avoids unnecessary technicalities, yet he brings to light the depths of Paul’s meaning like no other commentator. This is an outstanding, comprehensive commentary. The verse-by-verse exposition offers penetrating insights into Luther’s theology. It is also a careful analysis and clear presentation of Paul’s doctrine, written for all to understand.
“The attempt is made in this book to show how much light the epistle to the Galatians throws on contemporary history in the widest sense—the history of religion, society, thought, manners, education—in the Eastern provinces of the Empire,” states Ramsay. A thorough discussion of the book and history of Galatians is contained, relating the ancient culture to Ramsay’s day.
William Mitchell Ramsay (1851–1939) was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His education took place at Oxford, the University of Aberdeen, and Gottingen, and he later went on to become Professor of Humanity at University of Aberdeen, as well as the first ever Professor of Classical Archaeology at Oxford. Perhaps most well-known for his archaeological endeavors, he traveled extensively throughout Asia Minor, studying the missionary journeys of Paul and conducting archaeological research, writing numerous books on the findings and adventures of his studies, including St. Paul the Traveller and Roman Citizen. His original intent in his studies was to disprove Christianity through archaeology, but through his research he realized that the Bible was accurate and converted to Christianity.
The book of Galatians, says Eadie, is often perceived as promoting a confusing theology. The book combines Paul’s reflections on his experiences, his theology, and a contrast between the Old Covenant and the New—yet it is punctuated by emotional outbursts against the Galatians’ misconstruing of the Gospel. This makes interpreting Galatians difficult and challenging.
At the same time, an understanding of Galatians and its importance in the New Testament canon is attainable. His commentary on the epistle contains a careful analysis of the Greek text that includes a detailed grammatical and lexical investigation. He shows how the letter reveals both the human elements of its author, yet the important theological implications of the book—all as a unified whole.
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J.B. Lightfoot’s classic commentary on the Greek version of Galatians. Contains extensive verse-by-verse exegetical commentary, as well as dissertations on the people and churches of Galatia, the date and genuineness of the epistle, the ethnicity of the Galatians, “The Brethren of the Lord,” and St Paul and James, Peter, & John.
Dr. Joseph Barber Lightfoot was educated at Cambridge and Oxford, became the Lord Bishop of Durham in the church of England, served as a minister in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and was Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University. He was also one of the original members of the New Testament Company of Bible Revisers. His other commentaries include volumes on Galatians and Philippians.
In this commentary, Bishop Charles J. Ellicott examines and interprets Paul’s letter to the Galatians. He works systematically through the text applying “principles of grammar and criticism,” and offering detailed defences for his personal interpretations.
Charles John Ellicott (1819–1905) was an English theologian, dean of Exeter, and bishop of the sees of Gloucester and Bristol. He studied at Stamford School and St. John’s College, Cambridge, and was ordained in the Anglican Church in 1848. He is the author of several works on Christianity and the church, as well as commentaries on Paul’s Epistles. Ellicott died on October 15, 1905.
Calvin’s Commentaries are, in the words of Philip Schaff, one of the few exegetical works that have outlived their generation. Calvin preached and wrote prolifically on the Bible. His commentaries display a rare combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians.
St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians takes the reader by chapter and verse through Galatians, revising the text with commentary explaining the Greek, and intended for use by ministers and theology students.
Henry Bagge was a scholar who wrote St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians.
A Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians helps the reader to study Galatians section by section via four methods—analysis, commentary, paraphrase, and sermons. The analysis acts as a map for each section of the epistle, while the commentary gathers insights from theologians such as Joseph Lightfoot. The paraphrase section offers a general view of the original text’s meaning, and sermons are provided on the principal topics contained within Galatians.
Emilius Bayley (1823–1917), or Rev. Sir Emilius Laurie was an English vicar.
Believing that Galatians was “the key to New Testament apologetics,” George G. Findlay wrote The Epistle to the Galatians to demonstrate how Galatians shows us the beginnings of Christian theology and the church. This volume was edited by W. Robertson Nicoll.
George G. Findlay (1849–1919) was professor of biblical languages at Wesleyan College, Headingley.
In his essay The Date of St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians, Douglass Round debates whether Galatians was written before or after the Council of Jerusalem. Arguing for an earlier date than was currently accepted, Round offers a preliminary survey of events, as well as objections toward the accepted “later” date and support for his theory.
Douglass Round is also the author of An Exposition of Jude’s Epistle of Apostacy.
In Lectures on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians, William Kelly presents a new translation of the epistle, as well as notes on the unique nature of Galatians, itself.
William Kelly (1823–1906) was educated at Trinity College in Dublin. He was involved with the Plymouth Brethren, and he served as editor for The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby. His other work includes The Second Advent of Christ Premillennial: A Reply to the Rev. D. Brown.
This work upholds Galatians as a fervent, personal appeal by the Apostle Paul—led by the spirit of truth to take a strong stand against the authority and tradition of the day. Charles Welch argues that Paul’s message in this epistle has proven relevant time and again throughout the history of the church.
Charles H. Welch (1880–1967) was a British theologian who embraced dispensationalism, writing numerous books and other materials on the subject.
Studies in Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians presents 10 essays that analyze the epistle, with particular emphasis on passages regarded as most difficult by William Wood, such as the law and promise and the adversaries of truth.
William Spicer Wood was a fellow of St. John’s College, Cambridge, and the rector of Ufford Cum Bainton in Northhamptonshire, England.
The Outlined Galatians provides the reader with an overview of Galatians, notes on each passage, and a detailed outline of each section.
Robert Lee wrote several books, including The Outlined Bible.
In his book Galatians: The Grace-Way of Life, William Coltman calls Galatians “the Magna Charta of spiritual liberty,” and encourages readers to embrace the powerful truth of liberty and grace, as well as the practical applications to the Christian life written in St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians.
Willaim G. Coltman was a pastor for more than 40 years, and the author of several books, including The Cathedral of Christian Truth and Musings in Isaiah.
Meditations on the Epistle to the Galatians is an English translation of lessons George Christopher Willis learned during a Chinese Bible study on Galatians. These meditations include context like who the Galatians were and why Paul was writing to them.
George Christopher Willis spent part of his life in China, and is the author of several books in English and Chinese, including The Law of the Leper and Sacrifices of Joy: Meditations on Philippians.
In this book, Philip Mauro centers the message of Paul around Galatians 2:4, “Our liberty which we have in Christ.” He also includes meditations on each section of the epistle.
Philip Mauro (1859–1952) was a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, and was one of the foremost patent lawyers of his day. His numerous works include God’s Pilgrims, Things Which Soon Must Come to Pass, and The Wonders of Bible Chronology.
Part 1 of this devotional commentary provides analysis of each verse of Galatians. Part 2 offers short studies on subjects found in the epistle, such as justification by faith and the position of the Jew under the new covenant. This volume is edited by Rev. A. R. Buckland.
Robert Baker Girdlestone (1836–1923) was an Anglican minister at St. John’s in Downshire Hill, Hampstead. He was a Hebrew scholar and head of the translation department of the British and Foreign Bible Society who studied at Charterhouse in London and Christ Church, Oxford. He also wrote Synonyms of the Old Testament.
Celebrated preacher J. A. Haldane moves verse-by-verse through Paul's Epistle to the Galatians, providing helpful notes and explanations along the way. Included in the appendix is Haldane's essay on Mathew 28:19–20 The Opening of the Apostolic Commission.
Haldane is already advantageously known as a theological writer, and we rejoice that his life has been spared to lay at the feet of the church of Christ, the fruit of his solid and matured judgment on so valuable a portion of revelation. In a day like this, when so much that is weak and poor in divinity, issuing from the pulpit and the press, such a solid and judicious work as the present is much needed.
—Primitive Church Magazine
James Alexander Haldane (1768–1851) was born in Dundee, Scotland. After receiving his education at the University of Edinburgh, Haldane served as a midshipman and made multiple voyages to India. During a prolonged port detention, Haldane began studying the Bible. He decided to give up his naval career to pursue a religious life. In 1799 he was ordained the pastor of a large independent church in Edinburgh, which he pastored for over fifty years. Among his numerous publications include Man's Responsibility, The Doctrine and Duty of Self Examination, The Doctrine of Atonement, and Notes Intended for an Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews.
Preached during three consecutive months at the Great George Street Chapel in Liverpool, Samuel Pearson edited and revised these eleven sermons on the Epistle to the Galatians at the request of his parishioners.
The sermons are sensible and cogent. They aim at usefulness, and they are admirably adapted to achieve it.
—British Quarterly Review
These discourses are thoughtful, devout, earnest. Happy is the congregation which listens to such a preacher.
—The Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle
Samuel Pearson was a native of London and educated at New College. Minster of the Great George Chapel in Liverpool, his other works included Facets of Truth, Home to God, and Assent and Dissent.
S. Edalji presents fourteen lectures on the facts and doctrines of the Epistle to the Galatians:
A volume of able, sensible, and thoughtful discourses, sound in doctrine and practical in aim.
Shapurji Edalji (1841–1918) was born in Bombay, India, and converted to Christianity in his teenage years. Educated at the Free Church of Scotland College in Bombay, he then trained as an Anglican missionary at St. Augustine’s College in Canterbury. In 1876 he became Vicar of Great Wyrley in Staffodshire.
Each chapter in this in-depth commentary on Galatians has an introductory analysis and a paraphrase, each titled with the leading thought of the section. With clear prose and lucid explanations of the scripture, Stevens' commentary has stood the test of time.
Each chapter is in the first place analyzed and paraphrased, and then commented upon verse by verse, with constant reference to the original Greek, and with sufficient introduction of Greek words to serve as a help to those who only have a moderate acquaintance with the language. The paraphrases are excellent, and are in themselves valuable commentaries upon the separate chapters.
George B. Stevens was Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale University. He was the author of numerous books including The Christian Doctrine of Salvation, The Teaching of Jesus, and The Messages of the Apostles.
Arthur Pridham moves chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse through the Epistle to the Galatians. Pridham has that rare ability to articulate complex ideas and to make them meaningful for the reader.
The exposition given is lucid, evangelical, and judicious, while the spirit in which the hortatory portions are written may be gathered from the following sentence: 'Let us judge this matter soberly and wisely, and with an especial reference to ourselves, remembering that human failure of any kind is but our own portrait in another light.'
Arthur Pridham is the author of numerous biblical commentaries, including Notes and Reflections on Romans, Notes and Reflections on the Epistle to the Hebrews, Notes and Reflections on the Epistle to the Ephesians, and more.
J. Morgan Gibbon explores the Epistle to the Galatians in these five powerful essays:
When men like Mr. Gibbon arise, making so hard a book as the Epistle to the Galatians applicable to life of today, making it ours as if it had been written for us, how can we sufficiently thank them?
James Morgan Gibbon was pastor of the Stamford Hill Congregational Church in London and the author of numerous books, including The Gospel of Fatherhood, In the Days of Youth, Eternal Life, and The Disciple's Prayer.
The introduction to this concise commentary on Galatians discusses the author, the audience, the occasion, the structure, and the dating of the Epistle, together with its influence upon Christian life and doctrine. Alvah Hovey then moves verse-by-verse through Galatians, providing commentary and explanation.
Thorough scholarship, clear theological views, well chosen words, and the most careful editing.
—The Treasury: An Evangelical Monthly for Pastor and People
Alvah Hovey (1820–1903) was born in Greene, New York and educated at Dartmouth College and Newton Theological Institution. He stayed at Newton as a librarian and professor of Hebrew, church history, theology, and Christian ethics. His numerous books include Life of St. Chrysostom, The State of the Impenitent Dead, and The Miracles of Christ as Attested by the Evangelists.
Although Cyril Emmet's short commentary on Galatians is aimed at readers without prior knowledge of Greek and those that haven't had much theological training, his valuable comments on this Pauline epistle will highly benefit any reader. Before the commentary, Emmet provides an insightful introduction to the life of Paul.
A Commentary of independence and ripe scholarship. . . . the argument in favor of an early date for the Epistle, a date preceding the Apostolic Council of Acts xv, is given in fullness and with astonishing force of conviction. For that great argument alone the book is worth buying.
Cyril W. Emmet (1820–1903) was Vicar of West Hendred, located in South Oxfordshire. He published numerous books, including The Eschatological Question in the Gospels, Conscience, Creeds and Critics: A Plea for Liberty of Criticism within the Church of England, and The Third Book of Maccabees.
Noted professor and theologian John Brown moves verse-by-verse through Galatians after providing a helpful introduction to the epistle. This much lauded commentary contains an index of Hebrew and Greek words with explanations and extensive notes to help the reader. Exposition of the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Galatians is a commentary sure to be repeatedly referenced—Brown's highly readable writing style will enhance any reader's study of the Scripture.
It is a remarkable instance of a difficult theme made plain, and of a dry one made interesting. It would be easy to quote passage upon passage in support of this commendatory notice of this invaluable work. For us even to praise Dr. Brown as an expositor of Scripture we feel to be verging on presumption, and all we can desire for the readers of his book is some measure of the gratitude and admiration which its perusal has excited in ourselves.
—United Presbyterian Magazine
This work belongs to the same class with the others from the pen of the same author, which we have had repeated occasion to notice, and which taken together, already form a contribution to our exegetical literature, such as, whether in extent or importance, no other writer of our age has furnished.
—Journal of Sacred Literature
John Brown was the senior minister of the United Presbyterian Congregation in Edinburgh. Also a professor of exegetical theology to the United Presbyterian Church, he published numerous books and commentaries, including The Resurrection of Life: An Exposition of First Corinthians and Plain Discourses on Important Subjects.
Benjamin W. Bacon examines the Epistle of Paul to the Galatians verse-by-verse. The commentary is accompanied by a thorough introduction which discusses the text, canonicity, authorship, intended audience, and more. Special attention is given to important subjects, such as the differing views of justification.
The commentary is sympathetic, intelligent, and stimulating.
Benjamin Wisner Bacon (1860–1932) was born in Litchfield, Connecticut and educated at Yale College, where he was also appointed instructor in New Testament Greek and a professor of New Testament criticism and exegesis in the Yale Divinity School. His numerous works include The Genesis of Genesis, Triple Tradition of the Exodus, The Fourth Gospel in Research and Debate and The Story of St. Paul.
This practical and devotional commentary emphasizes the permanent truths and principles found in Galatians, indicating the bearing of these truths and principles on the spiritual, moral, and social life of today.
The most attractive, sensible, and instructive manual for people at large, which we have ever seen.
A. W. Robinson (1856–1928) was Vicar of All Hallows Barking, now known as All Hallows-by-the-Tower, and the author of numerous books, including The Christ of the Gospels, Prayers new and old, and The Christianity of the Epistles.
This in-depth, verse-by-verse commentary focuses on the Greek text of Paul's Epistle to the Galatians. Gwynne provides the Greek text, the English translation, and then notes and explanation.
George John Gwynne was Rector and Vicar of Wallstown, Diocese of Cloyne.
William Humphrey initially delivered these lectures in the churches of the Society at Edinburgh and at Oxford. The thirteen lectures are divided into four themes:
We have not met, in recent theological literature, a work which, in so small a compass, has treated so well the Gospel of Christ.
—The Irish Monthly
William Humphrey is the author of numerous books, including The Religious State, Christian Marriage, and Mary Magnifying God.
This volume focuses on two specific aspects of the Epistle to the Galatians: the location of the intended recipients and the date the epistle was written. In this close study of Galatians, Askwith also examines the works of noted scholars William Mitchell Ramsay and Joseph Barber Lightfoot.
A contribution of more than usual worth to the interpretation of the Epistle. It is independent and discriminating, fair and without bias, careful and cogent in its reasoning.
—Critical Review of Theological and Philosophical Literature
In a study of the questions involved, this book must be read.
Edward Harrison Askwith is the author of numerous books, including The Christian Conception of Holiness and The Historical Value of the Fourth Gospel.
Using the Greek text of Constantinus Tischendorf, Boise explicates Paul's Epistle to the Galatians verse-by-verse in this concise, intensely focused commentary.
James Robinson Boise (1816–1895) spanned an impressive academic career, teaching Latin and Greek at institutions such as Brown University, University of Michigan, University of Chicago, and Baptist Union Theological Seminary. His numerous books include First Lessons in Greek and Exercises in Some of the More Difficult Principles of Greek Syntax.
This concise, verse-by-verse commentary also includes short essays about special topics, including Paul's conversion, the relation of Paul to circumcision, the controversy of Paul and Peter at Antioch, the doctrine of justification by faith, and more.
Philip Schaff was born on January 1, 1819 in Chur, Switzerland. He was educated in Germany at Tübingen, Halle, and Berlin, where he studied under August Neander. In 1843, moved to America and became professor of church history and biblical literature at the German Reformed Theological Seminary in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.
During this time, he edited a hymnal, worked on the liturgy in the German Reformed Church, and edited a translation of the Heidelberg Catechism. The English translation of his History of the Apostolic Church appeared in 1853. Schaff remained at Mercersburg until 1863, when the Civil War forced the seminary to close.
In 1870, Schaff became a professor at Union Theological Seminary. During his tenure there, he held the chair of theological encyclopedia and Christian symbolism, the chair of Hebrew and cognate languages, the chair of sacred literature, and the chair of church history. He also served on the committee that translated the American Standard Version.
In addition to the 22 volume collection available from Logos, Schaff also authored or edited the History of the Christian Church, Early Church Fathers, and the New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge. He is remembered as one of America's foremost church historians of the nineteenth century.
Schaff died October 20, 1893.
The main purpose of this commentary is to furnish an introduction to Pauline thought while at the same time addressing questions that readers grapple with concerning the deeper problems of living the spiritual life. A commentary sure to be referred to time and time again.
Written in a singularly clear and easy style, while at the same time marked by sound scholarship and a fine appreciation of the Apostle's spirit, it is admirably adapted to the 'beginners' for whom it is primarily intended, and by no means undeserving of the notice of the more advanced student.
—The Academy and Literature
Professor Drummond's words are refreshing.
—The New World
The explanations and illustrations are clear, brief, and always to the point.
The Principal of Manchester College does well whatever he undertakes.
James Drummond (1835–1918) was Principal of Manchester New College, Oxford from 1885 to 1906. His numerous books include Spiritual Religion, Introduction to the Study of Theology, The Character and Authorship of the Fourth Gospel, and Via, Veritas, Vita.
John Edmunds provides clear and concise notes on a verse-by-verse basis in this focused commentary on Galatians. Edmunds provides an in-depth introduction to the epistle, as well as a detailed synopsis of Paul's letter for study purposes.
John Edmunds was Honorary Canon of Durham Cathedral.
This volume contains six lectures, one dedicated to each chapter in the Epistle to the Galatians.
James Lampson Harris is the author of numerous books, including Jewish Bondage and Christian Freedom, On Worship, and The School of God.
Describing the character of Paul in the preface to The Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians, John Godwin writes: "We see him to be argumentative and affectionate, bold and gentle, philosophical and practical; combining steady singleness of purpose with astonishing versatility of address, intense earnestness and perfect moderation, supreme devotedness to Jesus Christ, and the purest philanthropy." Godwin provides notes on the epistle verse-by-verse, making clear Paul's thoughts and intentions.
Conscientious labor and long pondering are very evident throughout the entire work. The notes and the apothegmatic statements of doctrinal truth are charged with significance, and are models of lucid condensation.
—British Quarterly Review
Professor Godwin is doing good service to the Church by these translations with notes, of different books of the New Testament. On the whole we think this little volume on the Galatians is the best which has come from his pen.
—Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle
John H. Godwin was Professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy, Logic, and Rhetoric at New College, London.
After years of studying and teaching the Greek text of Galatians, O’Connor penned this English translation for the aid of his students. Concise and easily readable, A Commentary on the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians is a classic commentary that has stood the test of time.
William Anderson O’Connor was born in the city of Cork and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He is the author of numerous books, including Faith and Works, The Truth and the Church, and The Gospel of St. John Newly Translated.
William Dell's essay focuses on Galatians 2:19–20 and the public admonishment Paul gives to Peter. Dell's exploration of these particular verses shines light on the epistle as a whole, and adds a valuable contribution to Pauline studies.
Reader, come, take a sip of this soul refreshing stream, this precious discourse.
—The Gospel Magazine
William Dell was an English clergyman and Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge from 1649 to 1660. A contemporary and friend to John Bunyan, Dell published numerous works, including The Doctrine of Baptisms, The Trial of Spirits, and The Stumbling Stone.
First published in German as his thesis for his Doctorate of Theology at the University of Heidelberg, C. H. Watkin's St. Paul's Fight for Galatia focuses mainly on the psychological aspect of Paul's epistle, and posits the idea that Paul was a "controversialist," but only because of the sense of urgency with which he was writing. An important contribution to study of Galatians and to the character and life of Paul.
The book is an original, daring, and very thorough examination of those sections of the Epistle to the Galatians that bear upon the controversy raised by the Judaizers who disturbed and misled the Apostle Paul's converts in Galatia. With great skill and scholarship, Dr. Watkins sets himself to deduce from the Epistle what was the actual position taken by the Judaizers, and what were the charges they brought to undermine St. Paul's authority. As a commentary on Galatians, the book will be found unusually illuminating and suggestive.
—The American Missionary
The book is original and of importance; on the psychological side especially it is a real contribution to the right understanding of the Epistle.
—Review of Theology and Philosophy
Charles H. Watkins received his Doctorate of Theology from the University of Heidelberg, where he studied under Johannes Weiss and Anton Fridrichsen.
Before providing a thorough verse-by-verse commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians, James Macgregor's introduction discusses the date, audience, authorship of the epistle, and more. Also included are helpful sections of focused study, such as "Pauline Justification," "Paul and James," and "The 'Righteousness' in this Epistle."
The brief commentary is exceedingly good. The leading points are seized and expounded with great felicity.
—Aberdeen Free Press
We cannot speak too strongly in commendation of Dr. Macgregor's effort. The book is strong (brevity is one of the features and beauties of the scheme), but it contains much in little. Sound, fresh, vigorous, readable, and learned, it opens up the Epistle in a way which makes its meaning plain to the commonest capacity.
—Free Church Record
We commend the work to Bible-class teachers, and can assure them that they will find in this Handbook material which, while likely to raise the tone of their own spirituality, will at the same time provide them with matter eminently calculated to enlighten their classes.
—Scottish Congregational Magazine
James Macgregor was Professor of Systematic Theology in the New College, Edinburgh and the author of numerous books, including The Apology of the Christian Religion, Nature of the Divine Inspiration of Scripture, and Exodus.
Originally given as lectures at the Sea Cliff Bible Conference, C. I. Scofield's the Epistle to the Galatians is a brief study on the key aspects of Paul's letter to the churches in Galatia.