Abraham in Galatians: Epistolary and Rhetorical Contexts by G. Walter Hansen

By G. Walter Hansen

This ebook deals a clean viewpoint on Paul's use of the Abraham tale in Galatians through 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 a big turning aspect within the letter. The Abraham argument (3.6-29) and the Hagar-Sarah allegory (4.12-31) could be seen as Paul's biblical rebuke and biblical charm respectively. Rhetorical research classifies 1.1-4.11 as forensic rhetoric, characterised by means of defence and accusations concerning prior activities, and 4.12-6.18 as deliberative rhetoric, marked by way of exhortation and dissuasion concerning destiny activities. partly 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 main issue 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 aid for the decision to withstand the troublemakers, atmosphere the level for the authoritative allure of 5.13-6.10. From the viewpoint supplied through this research, major implications which relate to broader theological matters in Pauline theology are set forth; the functionality of Paul's doctrine of justification through 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 contemporary dialogue of vital heritage concerns: The Opponent's Use of the Abraham culture, Abraham in Jewish Literature, and Paul and Jewish Exegesis.

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3; Rom. 8; Philem 4; Col. 3]). Paul Schubert, in his study of the Pauline thanksgivings, concludes 1. 64 In Galatians, however, GaufidCoo takes the place of euxctpiarco and basically fulfils the same function of introducing the theme of the letter. The Rebuke Section A major turning point in Galatians is introduced by the word Gaujutd^co, a conventional term in the Greek papyrus letters (iii BC— AD iv)65 used to express astonishment, rebuke, disapproval, and disappointment. T. Mullins says that a letter writer who uses 'is rebuking, even scolding the addressee.

46). (5) The statement of the i causa' The function of the exordium to state the central issue of the case (Rhet. ad Her. 7) is fulfilled by Paul's reference to the Galatians' desertion from the gospel and the intruders' perversion of the gospel (Betz, p. 46). 76-79). 'Verses 10-11 meet these requirements very well' (Betz, p. 46). 14) (7) The position of the narratio 'As the Greco-Roman rhetoricians recommend, Paul's exordium is followed by the "statement of facts" (narratioy (Betz, 58; cf. 9).

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