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Spring 2013/Phoenix




DESCRIPTION: This course is an exegetical study of the letter to the Galatians based on the Greek text. Through careful analysis of the Greek, the argument and major themes of the epistle will be examined. The questions of authorship, style, issues of law and grace, and other matters will be discussed.

SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: Galatians addresses great themes of Paul – justification, freedom in Christ, the work of the Spirit, the blessings and expectations of the Christian way and living the Christian life. These issues are vital to the Christian growth of the individual Christian leader. They must be increasingly a part of the teaching and preaching for the formation of the character of the contemporary church.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Having successfully completed this course, students will have demonstrated the ability (1) to employ a range of exegetical approaches relevant to the interpretation of the letter to the Galatians; (2) to understand Galatians within its socio-historical, literary, and canonical contexts; (3) to identify central issues in the critical study of Galatians; (4) to articulate primary theological and ethical concerns of Galatians; and (5) to work with lexical semantics, identify grammatical constructions, engage in syntactical analyses, and translate with lexical assistance the Greek text of the letter to the Galatians.

COURSE FORMAT: Lectures and discussions combining translations and exegesis of the biblical text, including opportunity to explore contemporary cultural and ecclesial settings. The course this term will meet for ten successive Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:30 for a total of 30 contact hours.


Aland, K., et al. The Greek New Testament. 4th ed. United Bible Societies, 1993 [UBS4] (ISBN: 978-3438051103; $43.99); or Nestle, E., and K. Aland. Novum Testamentum Graece. 28th ed. Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2012 [NA28] (ISBN 978-3438051400, $40.99). Nestle, E., and K. Aland. Novum Testamentum Graece. 27th ed. Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 1993 [NA27] (ISBN: 978-3438051004; $40.99) is also allowed.

deSilva, David. A Sri Lankan Commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2011 (ISBN: 978-1610977074. $37.00).

Dunn, James D. G. Paul and the Mosaic Law. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001 (ISBN: 978-0802844996. $38.00).

Silva, Moises. Interpreting Galatians: Explorations in exegetical Method. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2001. 2nd Edition (ISBN 978-0801023057. $26.00).

Choose ONE of the following three commentaries:

Fung, Ronald Y. K. The Epistle to the Galatians. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1988 (ISBN: 987-0802825094. $38.00).

Martyn, J. Louis. Galatians. Yale Anchor Bible. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1997 (ISBN: 978-0300139853. $50.00).

Schreiner, Thomas R. Galatians. Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010 (ISBN: 978-0310243724. $34.99).

Students will need to consult the following resources throughout the quarter:

Danker, F.W. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature. 3rd ed. University of Chicago Press, 2000 [BDAG] (ISBN: 978-0226039336; $165).

Fee, Gordon D. New Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors. Rev. Ed. Louisville: Westminister/John Knox, 2003, 3rd. Ed. [195 pp.] (ISBN: 978-0664223168. $25.00).

Wallace, Daniel B., Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997 [860 pp.] (ISBN: 978-0310218951. $44.99).

See the Biblical Division bibliography "Linguistic and Exegetical Books Required in the Master of Divinity Program" available in the SOT Academic Advising office or available at http://www.fuller.edu/sot/ecds/Ling-Exeg-Biblio.html.


Bruce, F.F. The Epistle to the Galatians. New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1982 (ISBN: 978-0802823878. $44.00).

de Boer, Martinius C. Galatians (New Testament Library). Louisville, KY: Westminister/John Knox Press, 2011 (ISBN: 978-0664221232. $50.00).

Longenecker, Richard N. Galatians. Word Biblical Commentary. Dallas: Word, 1990 (ISBN: 978-0849902406. $49.99).

Witherington, Ben III. Grace in Galatia: A Commentary on St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1998 (ISBN: 978-0802844330. $42.00).


  1. Class preparation and reading. Each student will select one commentary plus de Silva to work through with the weekly assignment of the Greek text. Class participation will involve translation of the text and insights from the commentary chosen. 15%

  2. Each student will prepare 7 two-three page studies following the outline of Fee’s approach to the development of an exegetical study (as was developed in the Exegetical Methods class). These will all deal with a single text to be selected by the student and approved by the professor. These seven exercises will serve as stages of exegesis in preparation for the final paper. (Their being done on time will affect the final grade in relation to their point value). Each paper will be worth 5 percentage points. (35%)

  3. A 5 page book review of the book edited by Dunn. 15%. We will work through the book by Moises de Silva in process of the class.

  4. A 14-16 page Exegetical Paper on a pericope of the letter. (35%)


RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets MDiv core requirement in New Testament Exegesis (NTE) and MA program requirements for New Testament book study (NTBK).


NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.