Scot McKnight has emerged as one of the most popular and influential NT scholars of the last decade. Hip popular blog (Jesus Creed) attracts thousands of daily readers, and his books are perennial bestsellers that prove to be informative, edifying, and challenging.
Galatians [NIVAC] is no exception to this rule. McKnight reads Paul through the lenses of the so-called "new perspective" on Paul, the belief that the Judaism of Paul's day did not employ a works-based system of righteousness. Mcknight takes the biblical text with the utmost seriousness and always provides thorough justification for his positions by grounding them in the historical data of Paul's context. Galatians is a particularly important book for issues of works and faith, and how God works salvation in our lives, and McKnight delivers both powerful theological exposition and insightful life application.
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Review 1 for Galatians: NIV Application Commentary [NIVAC]
Date:January 21, 2007
Miguel E. Marti
My first encounter with this commentary was when I used it for a class on Romans/Galatians. Now as a pastor, I have proceeded to take a second look at it for the purpose of a Bible study in my church. Though I am a fan of the NIV Application series (having all the volumes in NT and 5 in OT series); I was disappointed with this particular commentary. The author holds to the New Perspective concerning Apostle Paul. This is clearly stated in his introduction to this epistle. Having briefly summarized the traditional reformed positions concerning this letter he concludes that,I believe nearly every one of the assumptions in the previous paragraphs is wrong. I also think is grossly inaccurate, and one notable scholar, E.P. Sanders, has argued persuasively that the view of Judaism and the Judaizers is more indebted to our perspective of Martin Luthers personal struggles with the medieval Roman Catholic Church than to our knowledge of Judaism. (p. 27) I would therefore not recommend this commentary, and would instead suggest Galatians: Paul's Charter of Freedom by Leon Morris published by Inter-varsity Press.
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Review 2 for Galatians: NIV Application Commentary [NIVAC]
Date:August 18, 2006
This Commentary was very good for a class I just finished. It is not overly scholarly, and make it easy for the every day student to get a better understanding of how original meaning can effect current application, and how we bridge from original to application today.