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The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible advances the assumption that the Nicene creedal tradition, in all its diversity, provides the proper basis for the interpretation of the Bible as Christian scripture. The series volumes, written by leading theologians, encourage readers to explore how the vital roots of the ancient Christian tradition inform and shape faithfulness today.

In this addition to the series, respected theologian Kathryn Greene-McCreight offers a theological reading of Galatians. As with other volumes in the series, this commentary is designed to serve the church, providing a rich resource for preachers, teachers, students, and study groups. It demonstrates the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible.

The general editor for the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible is R. R. Reno (editor, First Things). Series editors include Robert W. Jenson (1930-2017; Center of Theological Inquiry); Robert Louis Wilken (University of Virginia); Ephraim Radner (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto); Michael Root (Catholic University of America); and George Sumner (Episcopal Diocese of Dallas).

Volumes in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible

R. R. Reno
(editor, First Things) on Genesis
Thomas Joseph White (Thomistic Institute at the Angelicum in Rome) on Exodus
Ephraim Radner (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto) on Leviticus
David L. Stubbs (Western Theological Seminary) on Numbers
Telford Work (Westmont College) on Deuteronomy
Paul Hinlicky (Roanoke College) on Joshua
Laura A. Smit (Calvin University) and Stephen Fowl (Loyola University Maryland) on Judges & Ruth
Francesca Aran Murphy (University of Notre Dame) on 1 Samuel
Robert Barron (Bishop of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota) on 2 Samuel
Peter J. Leithart (Theopolis Institute for Bible, Liturgy, and Culture) on 1 & 2 Kings
Peter J. Leithart (Theopolis Institute for Bible, Liturgy, and Culture) on 1 & 2 Chronicles
Matthew Levering (Mundelein Seminary) on Ezra & Nehemiah
Samuel Wells (St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church, London) and George Sumner (Episcopal Diocese of Dallas) on Esther & Daniel
Ellen T. Charry (Princeton Theological Seminary) on Psalms 1-50
Jason Byassee (Vancouver School of Theology) on Psalms 101-150
Daniel J. Treier (Wheaton College Graduate School) on Proverbs & Ecclesiastes
Paul J. Griffiths on Song of Songs
Robert W. Jenson (1930-2017; Center of Theological Inquiry) on Ezekiel
Phillip Cary (Eastern University) on Jonah
Stanley Hauerwas (Duke Divinity School) on Matthew
David Lyle Jeffrey (Baylor University) on Luke
Jaroslav Pelikan (1923-2006; Yale University) on Acts
Kimlyn J. Bender (Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University) on 1 Corinthians
Kathryn Greene-McCreight (The Episcopal Church at Yale) on Galatians
Michael Allen (Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando) on Ephesians
George Hunsinger (Princeton Theological Seminary) on Philippians
Christopher R. Seitz (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto) on Colossians
Douglas Farrow (McGill University) on 1 & 2 Thessalonians
Risto Saarinen (University of Helsinki) on the Pastoral Epistles with Philemon & Jude
Douglas Harink (The King's University College) on 1 & 2 Peter
Joseph L. Mangina (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto) on Revelation


"Kathryn Greene-McCreight offers a fresh reading of Galatians. Her engagement with a broad range of theological interpretation, both ancient and modern, is impressive. Here is a rich compendium of resources for the theological interpretation of Paul's provocative letter."

Susan Eastman, associate research professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School

"Greene-McCreight adds a rich and important contribution to the Brazos series. The approach is linguistically careful, responsibly resourced by a range of Christian and Jewish scholarship, and steeped in the (especially patristic) tradition of the church. The result is pointed and provocative in fundamental ways. The volume reads Galatians not in the context of post-Reformation debates over justification but as a decidedly Pauline proclamation of Christ-centered promise that can speak especially into a present time of conflict and confusion over bodies and gender. Moving verse by verse, and occasionally expanding into small essays of detailed and luminescent analysis, the commentary scintillates with a liberative freshness."

Ephraim Radner, professor of historical theology, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

"This commentary makes it clear that Galatians is a pastoral letter primarily about an issue of fact, one which had implications for belief: the enforcement of circumcision on Gentile Christians. Greene-McCreight's work is informed by recent biblical scholarship, not least by firsthand appreciation of J. Louis Martyn and his insights. The specificity of the issue Paul dealt with problematizes the drive to universalizability and inclusivity; his message of liberation might have to be received in a register different from what we are used to these days. Accordingly, the exegesis is detailed, and close reading prevails over grand theorizing. It is also nicely informed by the wisdom of the interpretation of the Christian tradition."

Mark W. Elliot, professor of biblical and historical theology, University of the Highlands and Islands; professorial fellow, Wycliffe College, Toronto

The Author

  1. Kathryn Greene-McCreight

    Kathryn Greene-McCreight

    Kathryn Greene-McCreight (PhD, Yale University) is a priest affiliate at Christ Church New Haven, a spiritual director with Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and the author of several books, including Darkness Is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to...

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