Calvin’s Commentaries on Galatians and Ephesians

John Calvin [1509-1564]
John Calvin [1509-1564]

John Calvin’s Commentaries on Galatians and Ephesians require no introduction. My thanks to Book Aid for making this public domain translation available for digitisation.

John Calvin (William Pringle, translator), Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul to the Galatians and Ephesians. Edinburgh: The Calvin Translation Society, 1854. Hbk. pp.383. [Click to visit the download page for this book]

Table of Contents

  • Translator’s Preface
  • Commentary on Galatians
  • Commentary on Ephesians

The Argument of the Epistle of Paul to the Galatians

What part of Asia was inhabited by the GALATIANS, and what were the boundaries of their country, is well known; but whence they originally came is not agreed among historians. It is universally admitted that they were Gauls, and, on that account, were denominated Gallo-Grecians. But from what part of Gaul they came it is more difficult to determine.

Strabo thought that the Tectosages came from Gallia N arbonensis, and that the remainder were Celtre; and this opinion has been generally adopted. But, as Pliny enumerates the Am biani 3 among the Tectosagi, and as it is universally agreed that they were allied to the Tolistobogi, who dwelt on the banks of the Rhine, I think it more probable that they were Belgians, whose territory extended from a very distant part of the course of the Rhine to the English Channel. The Tolistobogi inhabited that part which receives from its present inhabitants the -names of Cleves and Brabant…

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