GALATIANS 6:13: A POSSIBLE SOLUTION TO AN OLD EXEGETICAL PROBLEM

Paul's statement in Galatians 6:13 that the Judaizers do not keep the law is at variance with their purported enthusiasm for the law as reflected in the rest of the letter. This has led to more than one exegetical tour de force. The problem can, however, be solved when one realises that Paul, t...

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Published in: Neotestamentica Vol. 28; no. 1; pp. 157 - 161
Main Author: Du Toit, A.B
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Published: Pretoria The New Testament Society of South Africa / Die Nuwe-Testamentiese Werkgemeenskap van Suid-Afrika 01-01-1994
New Testament Society of Southern Africa
New Testament Society of South Africa
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Jew
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Summary: Paul's statement in Galatians 6:13 that the Judaizers do not keep the law is at variance with their purported enthusiasm for the law as reflected in the rest of the letter. This has led to more than one exegetical tour de force. The problem can, however, be solved when one realises that Paul, to vilifying his opponents, is using a rhetorical contrast. What he is really conveying is that boasting in the physical stale of the Galatians is to the Judaizers even more important than the upholding of the demands of the law.
ISSN: 0254-8356
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