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A Commentary on Galatians
by David Pawson
Published:17 February 2012
I must confess that I'm a bit of a fan of David Pawson! I’ve read at least 3 other books by him. This one, as the title suggests, is a commentary on Paul’s letter to the Galatians. It is a written transcript of a spoken message and this is apparent sometimes in minor grammatical errors and a lack of punctuation, although this doesn’t detract from the substance of the Biblical teaching and the value of the book. At the outset Pawson asks the reader to compare everything he says / writes "with what is written in the Bible and, if at any point a conflict is found, always to rely on the clear teaching of scripture" (p.6). He has translated the letter himself and his translation reads very freshly. Pawson makes good use of illustrations, both Biblical and from everyday life. There is a helpful diagram in the introduction illustrating the two extremes of legalism and licence which can be avoided by maintaining the middle line of liberty. I found much of interest e.g. the question of whether Christians are obliged to tithe, whether Paul and Jesus preached the same gospel, the purpose for which the law was given and a discussion of Paul’s likely blindness. This book will be helpful to anyone preaching, teaching, leading a Bible study or simply studying Galatians. It is very quotable. Recommended.
Reviewer: Brian Kerr (27/11/12)