By G. Walter Hansen

This publication deals a clean standpoint on Paul's use of the Abraham tale in Galatians through offering a radical research of its epistolary and rhetorical contexts. partially 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 a huge turning element within the letter. The Abraham argument (3.6-29) and the Hagar-Sarah allegory (4.12-31) might be considered as Paul's biblical rebuke and biblical charm respectively. Rhetorical research classifies 1.1-4.11 as forensic rhetoric, characterised by way of defence and accusations relating to prior activities, and 4.12-6.18 as deliberative rhetoric, marked via exhortation and dissuasion concerning destiny activities. partially II, exegetical research of 3.1-29 stresses the subordination of the Abraham argument to the framework supplied via Paul's expressions of the rebuke. inside of 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 situation to maintain the reality of the Gospel for the liberty of Gentile believers. research of 4.21-31 exhibits how the allegory features in the request portion of the letter as biblical help for the decision to withstand the troublemakers, surroundings the level for the authoritative allure of 5.13-6.10. From the viewpoint supplied via this research, major implications which relate to broader theological matters in Pauline theology are set forth; the functionality of Paul's doctrine of justification by means of religion because the foundation for his Gentile venture, 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 evaluation contemporary dialogue of vital history matters: The Opponent's Use of the Abraham culture, Abraham in Jewish Literature, and Paul and Jewish Exegesis.

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