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Galatians Essay

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The book, Studies in Galatians, by Tom Wacaster was an excellent study and very well put together. I felt he did a great job gathering others together to elaborate on some of the main points from this book. From the beginning, the author let you know, in the introduction a specific direction he was aiming toward even though the introduction seem to be a bit long. However, after I looked at it upon completion of reading, I appreciated it more than when I read it the first time. When you take second look, it made me understand the reading better. Moreover, the flow of the book was well organized, with the outline of the whole book coming after the introduction, and the remainder of the book broken down verse-by-verse, which brings the attention of the reader in a simple format. I really like the fact that he shared the ideas of others and did not hesitate to provide adequate references letting the reader know the correct source.
Nonetheless, as we begin in Chapter One, Wacaster immediately began stating his comments regarding the scripture reference, which also he did a great job transitioning immediately to breaking down the verses. Here Wacaster use adequate references and placing them in the correct location to support his take on the chapter and verses. Interestingly, the first one that caught my attention was at the beginning of the book, the introduction, when Wacaster referenced Adam Clark stating how the “Galatians were divided into three tribes” (Adam Clark). More importantly, in a concise and timely manner, Wacaster takes others input at the most opportune time to support his points.
Equally, regarding the study of the Greek language, Wacaster use verses in proper context as he often refers to the Greek translation of some of the scriptures to which he is referring. This could be positive or negative; however, for me it was positive because we are currently studying Greek. On the contrary, for someone who is not familiar with the Greek terminology he/she might have problems. I think you have to break it down to readers who are not familiar with Greek terminology in a way in which they can grasp a better understanding. Nevertheless, the first chapter ends with a surprise to me when Wacaster places endnotes very precisely seemingly as a way to not forget anyone along the way.
Next, as we graduate to Chapter Two, I’m guilty of looking for those quotes by men. The book has almost become predictable, yet bearable. I don’t know if it was by design, but those quotes or writings Wacaster would interject in this book were a breath of fresh air. They seem to go outside the box unlike the writer. I have to give him a lot of credit for assembling a great team and making this book very interesting.
In addition, I noticed Wacaster would take a time out and take notice of some very important facts about what was just written, which was also very helpful in making this book better to understand....

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