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Loose Thoughts on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

Posted by heyrandy on May 1, 2010

I have been studying the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians. I am finding some interesting things in this writing. I will post some here as a means to stimulate others in the study of Galatians and the other writings of Paul.

  • Verse 2:4 is an incomplete thought. This an anacoluthon, a rhetorical device. I am not sure why Paul uses it.
  • Paul uses the plural “promises” in 3:16 but the singular “promise” everywhere else. Does the plural word comprise the promise of the land as well as that of a son, that is Christ, the singular “seed” Paul deliberately call attention to?
  • Paul uses an allegory in 4:21-31. What is the relation of this allegory to Abraham’s third wife, Keturah? Her six sons are not part of the inheritance. Gen. 25:1-11.
  • The idea of covenant is pervasive in the letter.
  • Paul’s statement of 430 years in 3:17 does not account for the lives of Issac and Jacob. Paul would know this, so why did he use this number?
  • The presenting problem is the mark of the Abrahamic covenant, circumcision. Why did the Judaizers chose this rather than a more Mosaic sign such as the Sabbath?

I will be posting more items as I find them as well as any answers I have to these items.

Let your comments begin.


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