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Reading Galatians, Philippians, and 1 Thessalonians
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Reading Galatians, Philippians, and 1 Thessalonians


Smyth & Helwys 2001

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Charles Cousar interprets three letters of Paul, each of which shows the apostle in a different light. In Galatians, Paul contends for the gospel against a group of Jewish-Christian missionaries who have come into the congregations. In Philippians, Paul addresses his favorite community in intimate terms to offer thanks for a gift they have sent him and to urge them to maintain unity in the face of opposing forces. The first letter to the Thessalonians is written to encourage the congregation in that city to lead lives worthy of the gospel. The commentary traces the movement of the letters, paragraph by paragraph, and pays particular attention to the literary character of the writing and to the theological implications of the text for the church today.

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In a day when the scorching heat of overdone and multivolume commentaries wither their readers into exhaustion, Cousar’s commentary offers instead the gentle light that guides readers into pastures of discovery and onto the shores of invigoration. Critically aware and theologically sensitive, this commentary will lead its readers into the best of modern scholarship as well as back to the verities of a former generation. Readers of this commentary will find what the writer wanted of his letters: good news about Jesus Christ!

—Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor, Religious Studies, North Park University

Charles Cousar’s illuminating treatment of these letters will come to the aid of all who look for a clearly written and theologically sensitive approach to these letters. He is abreast of modern issues regarding the Apostle, yet he is able to present his interactions with unobtrusive scholarship.

—Ralph P. Martin, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Fuller Theological Seminary

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About Charles B. Cousar

Charles B. Cousar is the Samuel A. Cartledge Professor of New Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia. Cousar, who has made significant contributions to biblical studies, retired from his position at Columbia Theological Seminary where he received the Distinguished Service Award. He is the author of Theology of the Cross, An Introduction to the New Testament and The Letters of Paul.