This commentary on Paul's highly autobiographical letter to the Galations traces the history of the book's reception through the ages. * Explores the influence and history of this important New Testament book * Demonstrates the crucial role that Galatians has played in the development of very diverse forms of Christian spirituality * Considers the influence of Galatians on a wide range of theological figures, including Chrysostom, Augustine, and Luther * Examines the ways in which Galatians has influenced images of Paul, suggesting that it is the indeterminacy and complexity of his text that cause it to be interpreted in such widely differing ways * Focuses on verses, themes or arguments that have been the subject of particularly influential readings * Published in the innovative and stimulating Blackwell Bible Commentaries reception history series, which focuses on the broad spectrum of interpretations rather than the traditional verse by verse analysis typically found in commentaries.
John Riches was until his retirement in 2003 Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at Glasgow University. Among his books on the New Testament are Jesus and the Transformation of Judaism (1980), A Century of New Testament Study (1993) and Conflicting Mythologies (2000).
Series Editors' Preface. Preface. List of Abbreviations. Galatians 1:1-9: The beginning of Paul's argument. Galatians 1:10-24. Paul argues for his independence as an apostle (I). Galatians 2:1-10 Conference at Jerusalem. Galatians 2:11-2:21. Justification by faith: the new life in Christ. Galatians 3:1-14 Life in the spirit contrasted with living under the curse of the Law. Galations 3:15-29. The purpose of the Law and the new life of Sonship of God. Galatians 4:1-20 Paul contrast the Galatians' present state as Christians with their former lives. Galations 4:21-31: A concluding allegory. Galatians 5: The new life of faith. Galations 6: NewCreation: life beyond the Law. Galalations 6:11-18 A new creation. Glossary. Bibliography. Index