The launch of Peter Oakes’ exciting commentary on Galatians

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My good friend Peter Oakes of the University of Manchester has kindly sent me details of the launch of his new commentary on Galatians in the Paideia series from Baker Academic. He has an impressive line-up of senior scholars saying very nice things about it (see below). Nijay Gupta has greeted it with enthusiasm, and Mike Bird and Antony Billington  have written positive brief posts about it. I’m greatly looking forward to digging into this book, as I teach Galatians in Greek with a second-year class.

There’s quite a long excerpt available here from Baker Academic as a pdf.

Here are two of the comments:

“This excellent commentary sets Paul’s letter effectively within its historical context, finely illuminates the text while well illustrating and contributing to the range of discussion on the letter within contemporary scholarship, and stimulatingly concludes each section by posing issues that should provide fruitful agendas for discussion groups.”

James D. G. Dunn

“Drawing on his extensive knowledge of Paul’s social world, Peter Oakes here offers a fresh reading of Galatians that is historically secure, exegetically precise, and theologically relevant. Oakes masterfully filters the best of current scholarship in an accessible form, adding many original insights of his own. Students and scholars alike will relish this engaging exposition of Paul’s most radical letter.”

John M. G. Barclay

Peter says folk who will be in the Manchester area on the evening of Thursday 4 June would be very welcome to attend. Details of time and place are on this flyer for you to download. Do go—I’d love to!