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Galatians, Ephesians (Reformation Commentary On Scripture Series)

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The gospel of justification by faith alone was discovered afresh by the Reformers in the epistolary turrets of the New Testament: the letters to the Galatians and the Ephesians. At the epicenter of the exegetical revolution that rocked the Reformation...

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The gospel of justification by faith alone was discovered afresh by the Reformers in the epistolary turrets of the New Testament: the letters to the Galatians and the Ephesians. At the epicenter of the exegetical revolution that rocked the Reformation era was Paul's letter to the Galatians. There Luther, Calvin, Bullinger and scores of others perceived the true gospel of Paul enlightening a situation parallel to their own times--the encroachment of false teachers and apostates upon the true teaching of salvation by grace through faith.In Ephesians, the Reformers gravitated to what they understood to be the summit of Paul's vision of salvation in Christ. Finding its source, beyond time, in the electing love of God, the Reformers disseminated the letter's message of temporal hope for Christians living under the duress of persecution.For the Reformers, these epistles were living, capsule versions of Paul's letter to the Romans, briefs on the theological vision of the celebrated apostle. Probed and expounded in the commentaries and sermons found in this volume, these letters became the very breath in the lungs of the Reformation movements.The range of comment on Galatians and Ephesians here spans Latin, German, French, Dutch and English authors from a variety of streams within the Protestant movement. Especially helpful in this volume is Gerald Bray's editorial presentation of the development of tensions among the Reformers.The epistles of Galatians and Ephesians open up a treasure house of ancient wisdom, allowing these faithful Reformation witnesses to speak with eloquence and intellectual acumen to the church today.


Timothy George

Timothy George (ThD, Harvard University) is founding dean of Beeson Divinity School. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books, including Theology of the Reformers and Pilgrims on the Sawdust Trail: Evangelical Ecumenism and the Quest for Christian Identity. He serves as executive editor for Christianity Today and is on the editorial advisory board for Books and Culture, Harvard Theological Review, and Christian History. A prolific author, he has written more than 20 books and regularly contributes to scholarly journals. His textbook, Theology of the Reformers, is the standard textbook in many schools and seminaries on Reformation theology.

Gerald Bray

Gerald Bray (D. Litt., University of Paris-Sorbonne) is Research Professor at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama and Director of Research for the Latimer Trust in Cambridge.
He is the author of The Doctrine of God (Contours of Christian Theology series, IVP); Biblical Interpretation: Past and Present (Apollos); Creeds, Councils, and Christ (Christian Focus Publications); Yours is the Kingdom: A systematic theology of the Lord's Prayer and most recently We Believe in One God (Volume 1, Ancient Christian Doctrine, IVP) and Commentaries on Romans and 1-2 Corinthians (Ancient Christian Texts, IVP).

He is also the editor of the Anglican journal Churchman, and has edited three volumes in the Ancient Christian Commentary Series (IVP) and the fist volume on Galatians and Ephesians (Volume 10, Reformation Commentary on Scripture Series, IVPress, 2011) and has most recently written God Is Love: A Biblical and Systematic Theology (Crossway, 2012).
Koorong -Editorial Review.

  • The Gospel Of Justification By Faith Alone Was Discovered Afresh By The Reformers In The Epistolary Turrets Of The New Testament: The Letters To The Galatians And The Ephesians. At The Epicenter Of The Exegetical Revolution That Rocked The Reformation Era Was Paul's Letter To The Galatians. There Luther, Calvin, Bullinger And Scores Of Others Perceived The True Gospel Of Paul Enlightening A Situation Parallel To Their Own Times--the Encroachment Of False Teachers And Apostates Upon The True Teaching Of Salvation By Grace Through Ephesians, The Reformers Gravitated To What They Understood To Be The Summit Of Paul's Vision Of Salvation In Christ. Finding Its Source, Beyond Time, In The Electing Love Of God, The Reformers Disseminated The Letter's Message Of Temporal Hope For Christians Living Under The Duress Of Persecution.for The Reformers, These Epistles Were Living, Capsule Versions Of Paul's Letter To The Romans, Briefs On The Theological Vision Of The Celebrated Apostle. Probed And Expounded In The Commentaries And Sermons Found In This Volume, These Letters Became The Very Breath In The Lungs Of The Reformation Movements.the Range Of Comment On Galatians And Ephesians Here Spans Latin, German, French, Dutch And English Authors From A Variety Of Streams Within The Protestant Movement. Especially Helpful In This Volume Is Gerald Bray's Editorial Presentation Of The Development Of Tensions Among The Reformers.the Epistles Of Galatians And Ephesians Open Up A Treasure House Of Ancient Wisdom, Allowing These Faithful Reformation Witnesses To Speak With Eloquence And Intellectual Acumen To The Church Today.
  • General Introduction
  • A Guide To Using This Commentary
  • Introduction To Galatians And Ephesians
  • Commentary On Galatians
  • Commentary On Ephesians
  • Appendix
  • Map Of The Reformation
  • Timeline Of The Reformation
  • Biographical Sketches Of Reformation Era Figures
  • Bibliography
  • Author Index
  • Scripture Index

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