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ZECNT-Galatians by Thomas Schreiner

Reading commentaries has become somewhat of a pastime for me. I enjoy both depth of studying and devotional reading. When I heard that a new commentary series was in the works from Zondervan, I wondered if I had time to add yet another set in my reading queue. After having previewed a copy of Galatians by Thomas Shreiner, I am convinced that this series will be a welcome addition to my library.

The Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament has blended solid academic scholarship with clear exegesis. The result is a highly useful commentary for preachers, teachers and serious students of the Word of God.

In Galatians, Shreiner deals with the text while interacting with proponents of various views. One walks away not only knowing what the text says but also where the points of contention pertaining to interpretation are located. This commentary is well documented so if the reader wants to follow up in studying any particular viewpoint, he/she  can do so easily. Schreiner discusses the new perspective in a thorough and gracious way.

The commentary starts out with a general introduction. From there you dive into the text. Each pericope starts out with literary context. This helps keep your focus on the flow of the book.From there you move to a section that explains the main point of the passage. There is a graphical layout of the text that aides you in seeing the structure of the passage being discussed. There is also an exegetical outline . As you continue on to the section that explains the passage, the English translation is presented along with the Greek text for those who are familiar with the original language. At the end of the explanation of the passage, there is a  theological application section that helps you answer the question: So what? In some cases there are in-depth excursuses inserted in the text.

This commentary series is comparable to the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament but is visually more appealing. The one weakness of this series is in application. For this reason, this commentary does not replace Zondervan’s NIV Application Commentary but rather it compliments it.

I highly recommend this series to any one who wants to study the biblical text in depth. For those who only wear hip-waders, pick up the aforementioned NIV Application Commentary.

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (November 2, 2010)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310243724
This book was sent to me free of charge by Zondervan  for the purpose of reviewing.
Categories: Commentary, Reviews, Zondervan

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