Galatians

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Routledge, Jan 11, 2013 - History - 304 pages
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Paul's letter to the Galatians, sometimes known as the Magna Carta of Christian liberty, is central to the understanding of the relation of Paul and the Law and is packed with crucial historical, social and theological material.
Philip F. Esler provides a detailed and accessible interpretation of the text, which draws on contemporary and modern literary models. He outlines the problems often associated with reading Galatians, the context of the text, the rhetoric of the text and the intercultural and social implications of Galatians. Galatians includes comprehensive indices of ancient sources and modern sources, detailed references and an appendix discussing Paul's attitude to the Law in Romans 5.20-21.
Galatians presents a succinct and emminently readable analysis of a dense and important New Testament text.
 

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Contents

Reading Galatians
1
Social identity and the epistle to the Galatians
29
Context and rhetoric in Galatians
58
The problem with mixed tablefellowship
93
Paul Jerusalem and Antioch
117
Righteousness as privileged identity
141
Paul and the law
178
Freedom the Spirit and community life Gal 421610
205
the intercultural promise of Galatians
235
Pauls attitude to the law in Rom 52021
240
Notes
244
References
260
Index of Ancient Sources
276
Index of Modern Authors
287
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