This commentary offers a concise, incisive view of Galatians, Paul's most
polemical letter. Here, Paul is fighting for the spiritual life and loyalty of
some of his hard-won converts. Taking advantage of a range of persuasive
rhetorical approaches, his letter appears to bristle with anger at the
interlopers and the anguish of spurned affection. In this commentary, Craig S.
Keener mines insights from the ancient world to highlight Paul's persuasive
tactics and how the Galatian Christians would have heard his intense yet
profound message. In so doing, Keener also helps readers to confront Galatians
afresh today, so they can hear more closely what Paul is and is not saying for
the church universal. Drawing on a wide range of ancient Mediterranean sources
to reconstruct the context of Galatians, Keener helps us to grasp the issues
that Paul was addressing, the reasons that Paul wrote the letter, and its
continuing relevance for contemporary audiences.