Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Galatians

Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Galatians

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Galatians. By L. Ann Jervis. New International Biblical Commentary. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1999, 192 pp., $11.95 paper.

According to its editor, W. Ward Gasque, the purpose of the New International Biblical Commentary Series is "to provide for the benefit of every Bible reader reliable guides to the books of the Bible-representing the best of contemporary scholarship presented in a form that does not require formal theological education to understand" (p. ix). Jervis's volume fits this goal well as an introductory commentary to Galatians.

Her work is a good resource for a lay teacher for many reasons. It is a short volume, and thus it is not intimidating. The introductory essay presenting the dating of the epistle, the situation in Galatia, Paul's Galatian opponents, and information about the apostle Paul is brief (30 pages). As a result, a lay reader can access this important information without being overwhelmed with the greater argument surrounding each of these issues.

When one proceeds to the verse-by-verse commentary, this information is also clearly presented for the lay teacher. Comments on each individual verse are regularly tied to the exact wording of the NIV, thus making it easy to follow the presentation. A section at the end of each paragraph division provides further information. …

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