Richard N. Longenecker is one of my favorite New Testament scholars.
His Galatians commentary is regarded as a classic in the field.
I personally found the commentary both helpful and a delight to read.
Longenecker’s introduction to Galatians is highly detailed, weighing into the various debates over Galatians. Like myself, he holds to the South Galatian theory and makes an excellent case for it.
He also disagrees with New Perspective authors on the meaning of the “works of the Law,” another area of agreement to which I hold.
I agree with the publishers that this commentary, along with the others which are part of The Word Biblical Commentary “delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. The series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for the professional theologian and instructor, the seminary or university student, the working minister, and everyone concerned with building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.”
If you are interested in taking an academic look at the book of Galatians, Longenecker’s volume should be on your bookshelf.
Richard N. Longenecker is Ramsey Armitage Professor of New Testament, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. He receivec the B.A. and M.A. degrees from Wheaton College and Wheaton Graduate School of Theology, respectively, and the Ph.D. from New College, University of Edinburgh. His principal publications include Paul, Apostle of Liberty (1964), The Christology of Early Jewish Christianity (1970), The Ministry and Message of Paul (1971), Biblical Exegesis in the Apostolic Period (1975), “The Acts of the Apostles” in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1981), and The New Testament Social Ethics for Today(1984).