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By Frédéric Louis Godet / Hodder and Stoughton / 1889
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Studies on the Epistles of St. Paul brings us into close contact with the early churches in their trials and triumphs, and examines the overarching themes which provide interpretive clues for Paul’s writings. Although Godet wrote numerous commentaries on Paul’s epistles, this volume uniquely surveys the circumstances of Paul’s life, his spiritual challenges, and the lasting influence of his theology. This volume also connects Paul’s writings with issues the church faces today, such as the use of spiritual gifts, the conflict between law and grace, varying beliefs about Christ’s second coming, and controversy over women in ministry.
Godet, in all his commentaries, shows a scholarly breadth of familiarity with the commentators who preceded him. Many of their interpretations are stated and refuted in order to present that which the author feels is the correct interpretation of the passage. One can in reading this work avail himself of a clear summary of the views of many various writers. The author was respected as a theologian, hence his work has depth, and was revered as a Greek scholar and exegete, and thus his work has accuracy.
[Frédéric Louis Godet] has many qualifications for his work. One of the most needful exists in an eminent degree—a hearty sympathy with the book he is expounding. He does not approach it from the outside, but the inside, having a heartfelt experience of the power of the blessedness of its truths.
—Talbot W. Chambers