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A Commentary on Galatians and Paul's Rhapsody in Christ: A Commentary on Ephesians

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Professor John Philip Koehler believed that the study of the Holy Scriptures is the very heart of all theological studies. Exegesis was for him the regina (the queen) of all the theological disciplines. The text of the Scriptures, he maintained, must be understood by the theologian in its grammatical and historical context without allowing other considerations to weaken its import. For that reason Professor Koehler always strove to understand the author from his position at the time of writing (the times in which he and his readers lived, their backgrounds, mental makeup, etc.) and to observe how the Holy Spirit used all of this to express the gospel. For him the Scriptures were the Word of God in which God, through human language, speaks His law and His gospel in a message which can be rightly understood only by faith in Him who is the very center of the Scriptures, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Logos is excited to present two commentaries from Professor John Philip Koehler: A Commentary on Galatians and Paul's Rhapsody in Christ: A Commentary on Ephesians. These expositions were originally prepared by Professor Koehler for his students at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary with the express purpose of guiding them through the main line of thought in the epistles. Thus time could be gained for philological, exegetical, and theological studies in the classroom. At the same time, however, the author wanted to make his exposition available to the general reader interested in more advanced Bible study.

These commentaries provide a clear, thorough study of Paul's words, and with the Logos Bible Software editions all Scripture passages in A Commentary on Galatians and Paul's Rhapsody in Christ: A Commentary on Ephesians. are tagged and appear on mouse-over. What’s more, Scripture references are linked to the Greek texts and to the wealth of language resources in your digital library. This makes these resources more powerful and easier to access than ever before for scholarly work or personal Bible study. With the advanced search features of Logos Bible Software, you can perform powerful searches by topic or Scripture reference—finding, for example, every mention of “grace,” or “servant.”

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Key Features

  • Two complete and thorough commentaries
  • The original Greek text is included
  • Detailed introductions to both epistles


  • A Commentary on Galatians
    • Introduction
    • The Greeting (1:1-5)
    • The Introduction (1:6-10)
    • I. The Historico-Apologetic Part (1:11–2:21)
    • II. The Doctrinal Part (3:1–4:30)
    • III. The Admonitions (4:31–6:10)
    • The Conclusion (6:11-18)
  • Paul's Rhapsody in Christ: A Commentary on Ephesians
    • Introduction
    • The Salutatory Superscription (1:1,2)
    • The Introductory Hymn (1:3-14)
    • Acknowledgment and Intercession (1:15-23)
    • God’s Mighty Working in the Conversion of Believers (2:1-10)
    • The Gentiles Added to the Church (2:11-22)
    • The Providential Part of Paul’s Participation(3:1-7)
    • The Angels Are Apprised of the Wisdom of God through the Church (3:8-13)
    • Intercession for Furtherance in Sanctification (3:14-21)
    • The Unity in the Spirit (4:1-6)
    • Christ’s Trophies of Victory (4:7-10)
    • The Teaching Gifts (4:11-16)
    • General Contrasting of Christian and Heathen Walks of Life (4:17-24)
    • The Life of the Christians among Themselves (4:25–5:2)
    • Admonitions Concerning the Vices of the Gentiles (5:3-21)
    • Interdependent Relationships in the Christian Household (5:22–6:9)
    • Closing Exhortation to Battle and Prayer (6:10-24)
    • Concluding Observations

Product Details

  • Title: A Commentary on Galatians and Paul's Rhapsody in Christ: A Commentary on Ephesians
  • Author: John Philip Koehler
  • Volumes: 2
  • Publisher: Northwestern Publishing House
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 530

John Philip Koehler is one of the premier theologians in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod who taught New Testament and church history at Evangelical Lutheran Seminary from 1900 to 1929. John Philip Koehler died on September 30, 1951, at the age of 92, in Neillsville, Wisconsin.

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