Galatians - Concordia Commentary

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Dr. Das shares Paul's fiercely passionate letter to the Galatians and offers a glimpse into the reception of the word in the early church in his Concordia Commentary on Galatians.
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“Oh foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you?” (Galatians 3:1) Paul’s fierce letter to the Galatians offers a glimpse into the early church and some of the congregational dramas in the face of incipient heresies. Rev. Dr. Andrew Das guides readers through the text and history of interpretation of this epistle. He gives particular attention to the Galatians struggle to faithfully integrate the Old Testament with the New, noting how Paul’s rhetoric addresses the issues at hand both for the Galatians congregation and churches today. The length of this volume and the relative brevity of Galatians permit Das to include extended discussions of its exegetical challenges. Das has written the first faithfully Lutheran commentary that considers the full array of proposals from the “newer perspective” on Paul and the Law. He offers a trustworthy path through the controversies that will satisfy those searching for a viable solution to the impasse.


  • A reconstruction of the likely issues facing the congregation at Galatia
  • The Pauline chronology and date of the letter
  • Overview of the rhetoric and structure of the epistle

Additional Essays

  • Paul’s Apocalyptic Worldview
  • The Extend of Paul’s Arabian Ministry
  • Flesh versus Spirit: Sharpening the Contrast

About the Author

Andrew Das is the Donald W. and Betty J. Buik Chair at Elmhurst College. Dr. Das authoredSolving the Romans Debate (Fortress, 2007); Paul and the Jews (Hendrickson, 2003); Paul, the Law, and the Covenant (Hendrickson, 2001); and Baptized into God’s Family (Northwestern, 1991; 2d ed., 2008). He coedited The Forgotten God (Westminster John Knox, 2002). His Grand Thematic Narratives of Galatians is forthcoming from Fortress.

He received his M.Div. from Concordia Theological Seminary and did his graduate work at Yale University, Duke University, and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. He served as a pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Lombard, Ill., from 2000–2002 and assisted as a pastor at St. John’s Lutheran in Lombard from 2002–2004.


“Andrew Das takes us systematically through each of the questions that scholars debate about this letter, which was born in controversy and which has been a focal point of controversy ever since. By the abundance of information he offers, clearly organized for our comprehension, he challenges us to join in the task of reconstructing that ancient controversy, and thus in the labor to understand what the text may, even now, mean.” 
—Dr. Wayne A. Meeks, Woolsey Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Yale University

“Massively researched with careful and clear exposition of the text and key critical issues: this will be an invaluable resource for all those grappling with Paul’s presentation of his gospel in Galatians.” 
—Dr. Christopher Tuckett, Emeritus Professor of New Testament Studies, University of Oxford, England

About the series

The Concordia Commentary Series: A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture is written to enable pastors and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the Biblical text.

The series will cover all the canonical books of the Old and New Testament, with an original translation and meticulous grammatical analysis of the Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek of each text. The foremost interpretive lens centers on the unified proclamation of the person and work of Christ across every Scriptural book.

The Commentary fully affirms the divine inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture; Each passage bears witness to the confession that God has reconciled the world to Himself through the incarnation, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ His Son.

Authors expose the rich treasury of language, imagery, and thematic content of the Scripture, while supplementing their work with additional research in archaeology, history, and extrabiblical literature. Throughout, God’s Word emanates from authors careful attention and inculcates the ongoing life of the Church in Word, Sacrament, and daily confession.

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