THE EXPLANATION OF THE EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL TO THE GALATIANS BY BLESSED THEOPHYLACT, ARCHBISHOP OF OCHRID AND BULGARIA TRANSLATED BY FR. CHRISTOPHER STADE
This volume contains Blessed Theophylact’s commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians. Although St. Paul wrote this letter to address the particular issue of circumcision that was troubling the young churches of Galatia, its purpose goes much deeper. A central theme of the Epistle is the question of the essence of the Christian life—is it based on correct practices or on faith? St. Paul explains the purpose of the Judaic law, and the necessity of moving beyond its practice to the new, very different life based on faith in Christ. The depth of the Apostle’s care for his ﬂock is evident as he strives to draw them away from the old understanding of sin, into the new knowledge of the glory and love of Christ.
This classic Orthodox commentary of the New Testament was written about the year 1100 A.D. by a brilliant and saintly Byzantine Churchman. His commentary has remained a primary text of New Testament interpretation throughout the Orthodox world of Greece, Russia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. Blessed Theophylact distills the teaching of the earlier Church Fathers, especially Saint John Chrysostom, in language that is profound, powerful and direct.
The reading of The Explanation is indispensible... to the right understanding of the Gospel and consequently to the most exact practice of it."
—Bishop Ignaty Brianchaninov, from The Arena