The Curse of the Law and the Crisis in Galatia

The Curse of the Law and the Crisis in Galatia

by Todd A. Wilson

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Overview

Todd Wilson assesses Paul's references to the Law in the so-called "ethical" section of Galatians in light of a fresh appraisal of the Galatian crisis. He contributes to the continuing debate over the relevance of this section of the letter for the rest of Galatians and for the situation in Galatia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532658655
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 09/12/2018
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Todd Wilson assesses Paul's references to the Law in the so-called 'ethical' section of Galatians in light of a fresh appraisal of the Galatian crisis. He contributes to the continuing debate over the relevance of this section of the letter for the rest of Galatians and for the situation in Galatia.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Notes xiii

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Galatians 5.13-6.10 within the Letter to the Galatians 2

Various Rationales for Paul's References to the Law in 5.13-6.10 4

Paul invokes the Law as an abiding standard of behaviour 4

Paul shows that his Law-free gospel does not entail lawless living 8

Paul wants to continue his polemic against the Law 9

Paul demonstrates the superfluity of the Law for ethics 10

Approach and Method 16

Thesis and Overview of the Argument 18

Part 1 The Curse of the Law and the Crisis in Galatia 21

Chapter 2 The Curse of the Law in the Letter to the Galatians 23

Curse and Blessing in the Epistolary Framework of the Letter 23

Double Anathema (1.8-9) 24

Conditional Blessing (6.16) 26

Concentrated Curse Terminology in 3.10-14 28

The Curse of the Law as a Leitmotif in Galatians 30

'Under Law' as rhetorical shorthand for 'under the curse of the Law' 31

The Son came 'under Law' and redeemed us from 'under Law' (4.4-5) 34

'We were kept under Law' (3.23) 37

'Those who want to be under Law' (4.21) 40

'Under Law' elsewhere in Paul 44

Conclusion 44

Chapter 3 The Curse of the Law and the Message of the Agitators 47

A Word on Method 48

Compelling Circumcision: Paul's Portrayal of the Tactics of the Agitators 53

The Threat of a Curse as Part of the Agitators' Use of Scripture 56

Curse and Covenant: The Agitators' use of Abrahamic traditions 58

Curse and Law: The Agitators' use of Deuteronomic traditions 62

The Threat of a Curse as Part of the Agitators' Polemic Against Paul 64

Conclusion 67

Chapter 4 The Curse of the Law and the Galatian Converts 69

The Galatian Audience 70

Anatolian Popular Religiosity and the Fear of Divine Vengeance 72

Suffering and the Situation in Galatia 79

The Curse of the Law and the Interpretation of Suffering in Galatia 89

Conclusion 93

Part 2 The Curse of the Law and the Purpose of Galatians 95

Chapter 5 The Fulfilment of the Law and the Galatian Converts 97

The Whole Law and the Law of Christ 97

The whole Law 98

The Law of Christ 100

The Fulfillment of the Law and the Threat of a Curse 104

The expression ο πας νομος 105

The significance of the verb πληροω 107

The Crucified and Cursed Christ and the Law of Christ 112

Burden-bearing as cruciform, suffering love 112

The Law of the crucified and cursed Christ 114

Conclusion 115

Chapter 6 The Curse of the Law and the Leading of the Spirit 117

'If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under Law' (5.18) 117

'The Law is not against such things' (5.23b) 120

Wilderness Topography in 5.16-24 125

The 'works of the flesh' and disinheritance (5.19-21) 127

The 'fruit of the Spirit' and the transformation of the wilderness (5.22-23) 130

Conclusion 137

Chapter 7 Conclusion 139

Implications 141

Bibliography 145

Index of Sources 161

Old Testament 161

New Testament 163

Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha 167

Dead Sea Scrolls 168

Philo of Alexandria 168

Flavius Josephus 169

Rabbinic Literature 169

Early Christian Literature 169

Classical and Other Ancient Writings 170

Index of Modem Authors 171

Index of Subjects and Key Terms 175

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