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Galatians
Pursiful, Darrell J. and Marion L. Soards

Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2015 pp. 384. $49.50

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Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary

Description: Paulís preaching of the gospel, with its radically Christ-centered character, went beyond the understanding of other early believers. The importance and place of the Law of Moses for both Jews and Gentiles in the church was a hotly contested issue. In Galatians, Paul endeavored to prevent the Gentile converts in churches he had founded from embracing a version of the gospel that insisted on their observance of a form of the Mosaic Law. He saw with a degree of clarity not shared by many that such a message reduced the crucified Jesus Christ, who alone was the heart of the gospel, to being a mere agent of the Law. For Paul, the gospel of Jesus Christ alone, and him crucified, had no place in it for the claim that Law-observance was somehow necessary for believers in Christ to experience the power of Godís grace.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Galatians, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by Nijay Gupta
Published 2/22/2018
Citation: Nijay Gupta, review of Marion L. Soards and Darrell J. Pursiful, Galatians, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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