The Irony Of Galatians

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After taking on traditional interpretations of Romans in The Mystery of Romans, Nanos now turns his attention to the Letter to the Galatians. A primary voice in reclaiming Paul in his Jewish context, Nanos challenges the previously dominant views of Paul as rejecting his Jewish heritage and the Law. Where Paul's rhetoric has been interpreted to be its most anti-Jewish, Nanos instead demonstrates the implications of an intra-Jewish reading. He explores the issues of purity; insiders/outsiders; the character of "the gospel"; the relationship between groups of Christ-followers in Jerusalem, Antioch, and Galatia; and evil-eye accusations.

About the Author:
Mark D. Nanos (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) is the author of The Mystery of Romans (Fortress Press, 1996), winner of the 1996 National Jewish Book Award for Jewish/Christian Relations.

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Robert Jewett
"The Irony of Galatians is the most thorough and innovative investigation of this letter since Betz's Hermeneia commentary (1979). It develops a completely new approach to Galatians as a response to local Jewish 'influencers' who sought to bring members of Christian cells into the status of honored proselytes within their synagogues. With his mastery of historical, social, and linguistic details, Nanos challenges centuries of traditional interpretations-including my own. This incisive book is certain to become the storm center of future debate, throwing new light onto the interaction between Jewish and Christian groups in the first century."
—Robert Jewett, Visiting Professor, University of Heidelberg
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800632144
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/5/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1
Pt. 1 The Methodological Basis for Interpreting This Letter 17
1 Preliminary Qualification of the Source Material 19
2 Establishing the Rhetorical and Historical Context of this Letter 25
3 The Epistolary Character of Galatians as Ironic Rebuke 32
4 The Structure of Paul's Argument 62
Pt. 2 Identifying the Players and Exigencies 73
5 The Identity of the Addressees 75
6 Viewing the Exigencies from Multiple Perspectives 86
7 Engaging the Prevailing Interpretations 110
8 Proposing a New Identification: The Influencers 193
Pt. 3 A New Construction of the Galatian Contexts 201
9 The Local Jewish and Pagan Communal Contexts of the Addressees 203
10 Paul's "Good News of Christ" versus the Influencers' "News of Good" 284
Conclusion: The Irony of Galatians 317
App Some Problems with Rhetorical Classification of Galatians 323
Bibliography 333
Index of Ancient Sources 361
Index of Selected Subjects 369
Index of Modern Authors 373
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