A socio-historical study of the adoption imagery in Galatians

This study investigated how Paul's Jewish background, including some elements of pre-rabbinical Jewish literature, influenced the letter to the Galatians with regard to the concept of adoption (υἱοθεσία) (Gl...

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Published in: Hervormde teologiese studies Vol. 77; no. 4; pp. e1 - e10
Main Author: Wei Chang, Chih
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Published: Pretoria African Online Scientific Information Systems (Pty) Ltd t/a AOSIS 04-30-2021
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God
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Summary: This study investigated how Paul's Jewish background, including some elements of pre-rabbinical Jewish literature, influenced the letter to the Galatians with regard to the concept of adoption (υἱοθεσία) (Gl 4:1-7). As Paul was writing to a Gentile audience, wanting to persuade them to return to the true gospel, metaphors of adoption, embedded in the understanding of the Graeco-Roman household, became effective communication bridges to reach his audience. Within this framework, Israel's God was depicted as the caring father of the household, who through his son Jesus Christ redeems all human beings from the status of slaves to that of children with full rights of inheritance. Contribution God's redemption is not merely a forensic sense of justification but also the imagery of relationship in the household by which God does not merely set one free from sin by securing us through Jesus Christ into the society of the righteous, but also adopts us into his family.
ISSN: 0259-9422
2072-8050
DOI: 10.4102/hts.v77i4.6292