Written under the mentorship of F.F. Bruce, this commentary by Ronald Y.K. Fung on Galatians offers solid, reliable exposition of the text while also providing a fresh assessment of the larger number of interpretive questions raised by Paul's letter. This work also examines Galatians specifically as Paul's most direct defense and exposition of justification by faith, which Fung says is the central motif of Paul's proclamation of the gospel.
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About the Author
Ronald K. Fung is professor of biblical studies and resident scholar at the China Graduate School of Theology in Hong Kong. He has written several commentaries in Chinese and contributed articles to such volumes as Dictionary of Paul and His Letters.
Here is a rare exegetical feast, combining careful grammatical analysis, balanced judgment on debatable issues, and full notes that reflect acquaintance with a wide range of scholarly literature...It is exciting to have from the pen of an outstanding Chinese New Testament scholar such a splendid commentary.