Commentaries for Galatians

A forum to read through Galatians together, commenting on anything significant, contributing materials that would be helpful for a grammatical guide to the book.
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Louis L Sorenson
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Commentaries for Galatians

Post by Louis L Sorenson » October 14th, 2013, 8:04 pm

What are the best commentaries which deal with the Greek? Here are Jon Weatherly's suggestions.

Commentaries on Galatians
Bruce, F. F. A Commentary on Paul's Epistle to the Galatians. NIGTC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1982.
Probably Bruce’s best commentary: clear and thorough on the Greek text. [1]

Burton, E. DeWitt. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians. ICC.
Edinburgh: Clark, 1920. Classic commentary on the Greek text. [2]

Dunn, James D. G. The Epistle to the Galatians. BNTC. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1993. Informed and
readable comments taking the “new” Paul into account. [2]

Lightfoot, J. B. St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1971 (= 1896). An enduring classic by the all-time greatest NT commentator in English. [2]

Longenecker, Richard N. Galatians. WBC. Dallas: Word, 1990. Rivals Bruce in all characteristics. [1]


Coding: LIBRARY BUILDING GUIDE
These numbers at the end of entries indicate recommendations on the value of each work for the typical personal library:
[1] Among the most useful for personal study.
[2] A helpful supplement to the most useful works.
[3] Important for specialized research but less valuable for ordinary exegesis.
[4] Widely circulated but now superceded by other works.

More can be found at CBD at http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/ ... ch=1&cms=1. My class in college used Hendricksen's commentary (http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDet ... mp%3By%3D0). I find using a Greek oriented commentary is essential in studying any book in the original language.

So what are the best Greek oriented commentaries for Galatians? For what reasons do you find specific ones more helpful than others?

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Re: Commentaries for Galations

Post by Jonathan Robie » October 14th, 2013, 9:03 pm

These are available online for free:
Louis L Sorenson wrote:Burton, E. DeWitt. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians. ICC.
Edinburgh: Clark, 1920[/url]. Classic commentary on the Greek text. [2]

Lightfoot, J. B. St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1971 (= 1896). An
enduring classic by the all-time greatest NT commentator in English. [2]
I might add:

Meyer, Heinrich August Wilhelm. Critical and exegetical hand-book to the Epistle to the Galatians.

Alford, Henry. Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary
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Re: Commentaries for Galatians

Post by Stephen Carlson » October 15th, 2013, 3:06 am

In addition to the ones mentioned here, I would recommend:

Hans Dieter Betz, Galatians: A Commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Churches in Galatia (Hermeneia; Philadelphia: Fortress, 1979).

Alfio Buscemi, Lettera ai Galati: Commentario esegetico (Analecta [Studium Biblicum Franciscanum] 63; Jerusalem: Franciscan Printing Press, 2004). {In Italian}

Richard N. Longenecker, Galatians (WBC 41; Dallas: Word Books, 1990).
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Re: Commentaries for Galatians

Post by Jonathan Robie » October 15th, 2013, 9:46 am

Incidentally, as we read and use commentaries, I would be interested in hearing opinions on how they compare. I'm also interested in comparisons between the set of older commentaries versus newer commentaries, etc.
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Re: Commentaries for Galatians

Post by Alan Patterson » October 15th, 2013, 10:23 am

Douglas Moo's commentary on Galatians should be out any week now.
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