Brian Brown

Brian Brown

Occupation Pastor
Education Wheaton College

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Hays, Richard B. “Galatians” in Second Corinthians - Philemon. NIB. Abingdon Press, 2000.
Brian Brown Brian Brown September 14, 2008
Hays' commentary is excellent. The series itself doesn't lend itself to exegetical specificity, but one can look several other places to see how Hays' deals with particular sections specifically. He certainly emphasizes, with Martyn, an apocalyptic & eschatological approach to the text- but retains most of the key insights of a more traditional reading focused on justification by faith, the role of the law, etc. And while these themes are certainly present, this would be the commentary's weakness. They seem, in particular places to be underdeveloped in lieu of Hays' emphasis on narrative in Paul. The narrative aspect is certainly exciting, but the rich Reformation (and biblical truths) which are loudly expounded in this book seem, in places, to be under expounded or at-best, assumed. This is the only place where one can find Hays working out the theological implications of his dissertation through the whole of Galatians.
Hays, Richard B. First Corinthians. INT. Westminster John Knox Press, 1997.
Brian Brown Brian Brown September 13, 2008
Hays adds his incredible eye for intertextuality to aid interpreters in seeing depth in Paul's arguments that extend from the OT. The text will leave exegetes wanting a bit, as it focuses extensively on theology and studies the text from pericope to pericope, but nevertheless I found the commentary extremely illuminating.
Luther, Martin. Galatians. CCC. Crossway, 1998.
Brian Brown Brian Brown September 13, 2008
Simply one of the best. Luther's application of the text to the universal condition of idolatry expressed through religion is absolutely devastating. Must Read.
Stott, John R. W. The Message of Galatians. BST. InterVarsity Press, 1993.
Brian Brown Brian Brown September 13, 2008
Provides an excellent pastoral study of the letter. Does not get into any of the debated issues in the letter, but wonderfully presents the traditional reading of the text.
Martyn, J. Louis. Galatians. AYB. Yale University Press, 1997.
Brian Brown Brian Brown September 13, 2008
Excellent look at Galatians as from a clearly apocalyptic stand-point. While he may push the theme too far, forcing it in places, it is wonderfully illuminating in other places (particularly in chapter 1 & 2).