Interpreting Galatians: Explorations in Exegetical Method

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Addresses the key issues surrounding the exegesis of Galatians and the other Pauline Epistles, exploring how literary, historical, and theological factors impact interpretation. The first edition appeared as Explorations in Exegetical Method. This second edition features a new appendix and will be welcomed by all those studying the Pauline Epistles.
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Overview

Addresses the key issues surrounding the exegesis of Galatians and the other Pauline Epistles, exploring how literary, historical, and theological factors impact interpretation. The first edition appeared as Explorations in Exegetical Method. This second edition features a new appendix and will be welcomed by all those studying the Pauline Epistles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801023057
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Mois├ęs Silva (Ph.D., University of Manchester) has taught New Testament at Westmont College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition 9
Preface to the First Edition 11
List of Abbreviations 14
Introduction: Lessons from the History of Exegesis 15
Original Meaning versus Contextualization 18
Argumentation 26
Part 1 Language and Literature 41
1. Text 43
2. Vocabulary 51
Semantic Distinctions 52
Semantic Ambiguity 57
3. Syntax 63
Genitives and All That 64
Verbal Tense and Aspect 68
4. Discourse and Literary Structure 81
Paul's Use of Conjunctions 82
The Semantics of Discourse Structure 87
Literary Analysis 90
Part 2 History 101
5. The Task of Reconstruction 103
Mirror Reading 104
Sociological Perspectives 108
6. Acts and Galatians 113
Baur's Answer 115
Presuppositions 117
Lightfoot versus Tubingen 121
Conclusion 125
7. The Date of Galatians 129
Clarifying the Debate 129
Assessing the Evidence 132
Understanding Paul's Argument 136
Postscript 138
Part 3 Pauline Theology 141
8. The Distinctiveness of Paul's Message 143
Was Paul Coherent? 143
Was Paul's Gospel Different from Peter's? 150
9. Paul and His Bible 159
General Considerations 161
Habakkuk 2:4 165
10. Eschatology in Galatians 169
11. The Function of the Law 187
Galatians 3:21 187
Galatians 3:18 189
Galatians 3:12 192
Epilogue: Reader and Relevance 197
Practical Theology and Contextualization 199
Exegesis and Systematic Theology 204
And Where Is the Holy Spirit in All This? 210
Appendix Paul's Use of Scripture: Interpreting Galatians 3:6-14 217
The Structure of the Passage 218
Light from Paul's Hermeneutical Milieu 222
"As Many as Are of the Works of the Law" 226
The Riddle of Galatians 3:10 229
Justification and Faith 232
Conclusion 234
Selected Bibliography 237
Name Index 245
Subject Index 249
Scripture Index 253
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