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Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2021
As the title suggests, the Commentaries for Christian Formation series is focused on faith formation. So the goal is not only to explore the text, but also to make strides toward thoughtful application in today’s world. As Wright says in his introduction, the task was to enable readers “to see how this all works out in detail and apply it widely and creatively to ecclesial and personal life.”

The way this works in practice – at least in this inaugural volume by Wright – is that each section of the commentary has a short conclusion that focuses on Christian formation. I would say that 80-90% of this commentary fits squarely within the mold of other well-known commentary series, but there is certainly ample space given for thoughtful reflection on and application of the text in today’s world.

It occurred to me when I was about halfway through this commentary that Galatians provides a rather unique landscape where many of the key themes in Wright’s work over the years have an opportunity to overlap and interact. His intimate knowledge of the historical context of the ancient world, expertise in the field of Pauline studies, and focus on inaugurated eschatology and the kingdom of God (just to name a few) are all necessary for a thorough study of Galatians. What this means is that in this commentary we have one of the world’s most respected biblical scholars in some of his most familiar territory, and he certainly makes the most of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars N.T. Wright at His Best
By Tim Wildsmith on August 17, 2021
As the title suggests, the Commentaries for Christian Formation series is focused on faith formation. So the goal is not only to explore the text, but also to make strides toward thoughtful application in today’s world. As Wright says in his introduction, the task was to enable readers “to see how this all works out in detail and apply it widely and creatively to ecclesial and personal life.”

The way this works in practice – at least in this inaugural volume by Wright – is that each section of the commentary has a short conclusion that focuses on Christian formation. I would say that 80-90% of this commentary fits squarely within the mold of other well-known commentary series, but there is certainly ample space given for thoughtful reflection on and application of the text in today’s world.

It occurred to me when I was about halfway through this commentary that Galatians provides a rather unique landscape where many of the key themes in Wright’s work over the years have an opportunity to overlap and interact. His intimate knowledge of the historical context of the ancient world, expertise in the field of Pauline studies, and focus on inaugurated eschatology and the kingdom of God (just to name a few) are all necessary for a thorough study of Galatians. What this means is that in this commentary we have one of the world’s most respected biblical scholars in some of his most familiar territory, and he certainly makes the most of it.
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