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Apocalyptic Interpretations of Galatians and the Faithfulness of God

Authors
  • Longenecker, Bruce W.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Sep 04, 2023
Volume
114
Issue
2
Pages
215–245
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/znw-2023-0013
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
Disciplines
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Abstract

Galatians regularly predominates in contemporary discussions of Paul’s “apocalyptic” theology. In this essay, two forms of apocalyptic interpretation of Galatians are presented – a “perfected” and a “non-perfected” apocalyptic interpretation in relation to two key test cases: Gal 4,4–5 and 6,16. That discussion then requires a survey of Paul’s discourse of divine faithfulness in other undisputed Pauline texts. In the process, an important but neglected theological axis within Galatians is enhanced, enabling a balanced articulation of the relationship between the novelty of God’s ‘apocalyptic invasion’ in Christ and God’s longstanding faithfulness even prior to the sending of the Son.

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