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The verbal root "estaur" in Galatians 3: 1; 5: 24; 6: 14, as well as the noun root "staur" in Galatians 5: 11; 6: 12, 14, show the theological significance that Paul has already highlighted in Galatians 1 to 4 and now means to synthesize in the epilogue (Galatians 6: 11-18).
In fact, Galatians 3:28 recently became the center of controversy with the rise of feminist and womanist readings of the Bible.
Paul is simply reminding the Galatians, and all of us, that in Jesus Christ the human person is no longer the slave of the law, but a "new creation" in Christ (cf.
I have recently been arguing that Paul's letter to the Galatians is about freedom.
I didn't know Greek but pointed out that my most-loved verse, even if it was in the King James Version of English, was still Galatians 5 where God said everyone was equal.
Although geographically distant from their land of origin, and though in contact with several other ethnically different groups of people over many centuries, the Galatians remained essentially true to the ethos of Celtic identity as exemplified by the Gauls of Western Europe.
early Christianity was built around a theology of equality; that Paul's famous reiteration in Galatians 3:28 of the ancient baptismal formula, "There is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus," represents not a radical and temporary breakthrough in Paul's thinking, but an expression of broad and ordinary Christian belief.
172)), Paul's marriage and bereavement, the Jerusalem conference (October 51) precedes Galatians (spring 53), the North Galatian theory, imprisonment in Ephesus (53), the authenticity of 2 Timothy, release from the first Roman imprisonment and an abortive mission to Spain.
I must let fall before all men, I do prefer this book of Martin Luther upon the Galatians, excepting the Holy Bible, before all the books that ever I have seen, as most fit for a wounded conscience" (GA, 131).
But, of course, this kind of writing is also easier; it's far simpler to cite journal articles than it is to wrestle with the meaning of Galatians.
Most scholars agree that these were almost certainly the work of the apostle, as were 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Romans,