Flesh/Spirit Conflict In Galatians

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This book questions the long-standing and pervasive view that 'flesh' is a force within the life of the Christian that he or she must continually struggle against and overcome only by choosing to walk in the power of God's 'Spirit.' This internal dualism between the forces of 'flesh' and 'Spirit' emerges as both a central paradigm for the spiritual life and a major construct in approaching Paul's theology. It is the central thesis of this book that this internal dualism, while accurate in some respects, is ...
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Overview

This book questions the long-standing and pervasive view that 'flesh' is a force within the life of the Christian that he or she must continually struggle against and overcome only by choosing to walk in the power of God's 'Spirit.' This internal dualism between the forces of 'flesh' and 'Spirit' emerges as both a central paradigm for the spiritual life and a major construct in approaching Paul's theology. It is the central thesis of this book that this internal dualism, while accurate in some respects, is nonetheless significantly flawed in viewing 'flesh' and 'Spirit' as an internal polarity. Contents: ^I The Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Theology, Lexicography and History; A Rhetorical Analysis of Galatians and the Flesh/Spirit Conflict; The Social Dynamics of the Flesh/Spirit Conflict; A Thematic Analysis of the Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Galatians; The Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Galatians 5:13-26; The Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Galatians 6:1-18; Some Conclusions about the Flesh/Spirit Conflict; Works Cited; Index of Scripture References.
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Editorial Reviews

Catholic Biblical Quarterly
Russel has demonstrated a thorough grasp of both the secondary literature and exegetical issues to the antithesis between sarx and pneuma in Galatians.
...experts in the field would certainly find its explication of the Galatian situation quite useful.
— Stephen Pattee, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona
The Expository Times
...an interesting fresh contribution...a welcome emphasis on the "social dynamics" of Paul's dispute with his "opponents" in Galatia.
Review of Biblical Literature
Russell sets himself to the worthy scholarly aim of emphasizing and elaborating the significance of the social dimension of the ancient personality for the interpretation of Galatians.
— Charles H. Cosgrove, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Brookfield, IL
Catholic Biblical Quarterly - Stephen Pattee
Russel has demonstrated a thorough grasp of both the secondary literature and exegetical issues to the antithesis between sarx and pneuma in Galatians.
...experts in the field would certainly find its explication of the Galatian situation quite useful.
Review of Biblical Literature - Charles H. Cosgrove
Russell sets himself to the worthy scholarly aim of emphasizing and elaborating the significance of the social dimension of the ancient personality for the interpretation of Galatians.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761807988
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 7/17/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 0.68 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Bo Russell, III is Associate Professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, California.
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Table of Contents

chapter 1 The Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Theology, Lexicography and History chapter 2 A Rhetorical Analysis of Galatians and the Flesh/Spirit Conflict chapter 3 The Social Dynamics of the Flesh/Spirit Conflict chapter 4 A Thematic Analysis of the Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Galatians chapter 5 The Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Galatians 5:13-26 chapter 6 The Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Galatians 6:1-18 chapter 7 Some Conclusions about the Flesh/Spirit Conflict chapter 8 Works Cited chapter 9 Index of Scripture References
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