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By G. Walter Hansen

This ebook bargains a clean point of view on Paul's use of the Abraham tale in Galatians by means of offering a radical research of its epistolary and rhetorical contexts. partly I, parallels in Galatians to rebuke-request letters in Greek papyri function a foundation for dividing the letter into significant sections: Rebuke (1.6-4.11) and Request (3.12-6.10), the request formulation in 4.12 indicating an immense turning element within the letter. The Abraham argument (3.6-29) and the Hagar-Sarah allegory (4.12-31) might be seen as Paul's biblical rebuke and biblical charm respectively. Rhetorical research classifies 1.1-4.11 as forensic rhetoric, characterised through defence and accusations relating to previous activities, and 4.12-6.18 as deliberative rhetoric, marked through exhortation and dissuasion relating to destiny activities. partially II, exegetical research of 3.1-29 stresses the subordination of the Abraham argument to the framework supplied by means of Paul's expressions of the rebuke. inside this framework, the autobiographical part and the Abraham argument part are parallel advancements of the thesis assertion (1.11-12). either sections emphasize Paul's missiological difficulty to maintain the reality of the Gospel for the liberty of Gentile believers. research of 4.21-31 indicates how the allegory features in the request component to the letter as biblical help for the decision to withstand the troublemakers, surroundings the degree for the authoritative charm of 5.13-6.10. From the point of view supplied by means of this research, major implications which relate to broader theological matters in Pauline theology are set forth; the functionality of Paul's doctrine of justification via religion because the foundation for his Gentile undertaking, Paul's view of the Gentile church because the Israel of God, and the covenantal constitution of Paul's ethics which pertains to the reaction of religion to obedience within the divine will. 3 appendices assessment fresh dialogue of vital heritage matters: The Opponent's Use of the Abraham culture, Abraham in Jewish Literature, and Paul and Jewish Exegesis.

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9. 11, 20 communicate Paul's reaction to this change. These features common to 0ao|Lid£(o sections are closely related to the other epistolary formulae in Galatians. 6-9, Paul uses two disclosure formulae. 11-12 regarding the nature (OOK e'oriv Kara dvGpconov) and origin of his gospel (ou 6e ydp eyco napd dvGpconou 7TapeAa|3ov auro, oure 85i8dx9Tiv dAAd 6i dnoKaMv|/eco<; Tr|ooO XpiotoO). 21. 1-5 are combined with the transitional use of the vocative (ft dvoriroi FaXdrai, v. 1), a request for information by the use of the verb of learning (GeAxo juaGeiv d(|) ujuiwv, v.

It was also a summary of the body of the document. By giving such a summary, the signator made the contents of the body of the document his own and bound himself to the stipulations of the letter. Normally the subscription only repeated the cardinal points in the body of the document. 11-18, nor did Paul write the whole letter. 106 The summary does not begin at Gal. 2 states a solemn decision regarding the central issue of the Galatian crisis. 11-18 that contains the summary of the cardinal points of the letter.

12 Paul has turned from rebuke to request. 27 from Isa. 30 from Gen. 10). The allegory simply sets up the typological setting for these imperatives. 30; Gen. 10). Thus the allegory is 1. Epistolary Analysis 49 Paul's first step in explaining the meaning of his general request, 'Become as I am'. 21, 31; cf. 30; cf. 4,12). Paul is using OT texts here as a scriptural basis for his own appeal. 1-13. 1). Further motivation for a positive response to this appeal is given by a series of declarations which could almost be called Paul's own 'apostolic decrees'.

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