And just as Paul wondered what had happened in the Galatian
church, we can ask the same question today about our Catholic church: Have we become stupefied by the law of these fathers M a way that is actually undermining the integrity of local churches in order to preserve laws around a priesthood that is only male and celibate (at least in the Latin Rite)?
does not probe the gender dynamics of the Galatian
conflict, she does demonstrate that Paul's maternal metaphors are not incidental but crucial to the rhetorical strategy of his Galatian
emphasizes that what he refers to as Paul's "ironic rebuke" in Galatians
is aimed specifically and only at Gentile believers in Christ.
Martyn's commentary follows other respectable commentaries on Galatians
, such as those of Schlier, Mussner, Betz, Fitzmyer, and Longenecker.
2:9-10, Paul speaks of his meeting in Jerusalem in the late 40s AD with James, Peter, and John, and writes that they "gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me.
Depictions on the fresco from Nymphaeum, in the context of Bosporo-Egyptian relations in the 3rd century BC, suggest that the oval shields on board the ship prove that Egyptian embassies to the Bosporan Kingdom may have included Galatian
mercenaries (Treister 1985: 134-6; 1985a: 37).
IN GALATIANS 2:15-21 Paul offers a classic statement about an alternative life that is lived out of God's limitless generosity, for which we use the term "grace.
, Paul claims it was his own initiative that brought him (with Barnabas and Titus) back to Jerusalem for the first time since his conversion.
Paul's Letter to the Galatians
has already explored the relation of faith to morality and will go on to explore the profound misreading of Galatians
by Garry Wills, among others, who renders it a document that encourages payback to those who do not convert.
I would suggest these people read the whole book of the Bible particularly Revelation 2 verses 20-23, Roman 1 verses 19-32, Galatians
five verses 17-21, and 1 Corinthians Chapter five.
The Bible says "A person will reap exactly what he sows" Galatians
5:16 (Good News Translation WE all face a daily battle - between "the flesh" (our human nature) and God's way.