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Epistle to the Galatians
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A letter from the Apostle Paul to the churches in Galatia, a region of Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). Among the 13 New Testament letters traditionally ascribed to Paul, Galatians is perhaps second in influence, following Romans.Galatians is one of the most-studied letters of the New Testament. It was the object of attention in early and medieval Christianity, and its influence increased during the Reformation period.• Luther (1483–1546) lectured on Galatians in 1519 and 1523. The substance of his lectures was later compiled into a commentary bearing his name (see Graebner, “Preface,” iv—v).• Calvin (1509–1564) cited Galatians frequently in his Institutes, wrote a commentary on it, and preached on it.• More recently, Boice described Galatians as the “Magna Carta of Christian liberty” (“Galatians,” 403).• Longenecker and Bruce, in large measure owing to the influence of Galatians, characterized Paul as the “Apostle of Liberty” and the “Apostle of the Free Spirit” (in works bearing these titles, respectively).(For a brief sketch of the influence of Galatians in Christian thought, see Dunn, Theology, ch. 7.)The material below surveys the content of Galatians, historical matters (author, recipients, date, place of origin), literary matters (structure, genre, purpose, theological themes) and ongoing debates over interpretive questions.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Galatians, Letter to the
Galatians, Letter to the A letter from the Apostle Paul to the churches in Galatia, a region of Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). Among the 13 New Testament letters traditionally ascribed to Paul, Galatians is perhaps second in influence, following Romans.Galatians is one of the most-studied letters of
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Galatians, Epistle to the
GALATIANS, EPISTLE TO THE. A letter to the church at Galatia by the apostle Paul, now found as the ninth book of the NT canon.A. TextB. AuthorC. AddressD. Date and Place of OriginE. Galatians and the Corpus PaulinumF. Literary AnalysisG. Galatians as a Historical Document1. Paul’s Own Early History
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Galatians, Letter to the
Galatians, Letter to the. This letter has an important place in the NT. It reveals much of Paul’s character and sheds light on his teaching. It has appropriately been called the charter of Christian liberty.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Galatians, Letter to the
GALATIANS, LETTER TO THE This letter has an important place in the NT. It reveals much of Paul’s character and sheds light on his teaching. It has appropriately been called the charter of Christian liberty.PreviewAuthorDestination and DatePurpose and Theological TeachingContentAuthor The author
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Galatians, Letter of Paul to The
Galatians (guh-lay´shuhnz), Letter of Paul to the, the ninth book in the nt and one of thirteen letters attributed to Paul. Galatians is typically regarded as Paul’s most intense and combative letter, written in anger to believers who are considering options he thinks are contrary to the gospel.Contents:
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Galatians, Epistle to the (Writing)
GALATIANS, EPISTLE TO THESignificanceThis short and fiery work of Paul is significant for several reasons. Interpretationally, there is a great contribution to the understanding of the gospel and its practical implications. Historically, it saved Christianity from becoming a sect of Judaism in Paul’s
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Galatians, Letter to The
Galatians, Letter to theOne of Paul’s major letters. Galatians has played a central role in Christian theology because it provides one of the NT’s most explicit teachings on justification by faith. This teaching, however, is Paul’s response to a serious crisis in the churches of Galatia rather than
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Galatians, Letter to the (Writing)
Galatians, Letter to the GALATIANS[gə lāˊshənz] (Gk. Galatai), letter to the.† The ninth book of the New Testament, and one of Paul’s major letters.
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Galatians, Letter to The
Galatians, letter to theFreedom and unity in Christ are central themes of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. His letter addresses Christians, whose preoccupation with keeping the Law was splitting their churches along racial lines, separating Jews from Gentiles. Such splits could not be tolerated because
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Galatians, Letter to The
GALATIANS, LETTER TO THE A letter written by the apostle Paul to the Galatians to counteract Judaizing opinions and efforts to undermine his authority; the letter asserts the divine origin of Paul’s authority and doctrine, states that justification is not through Mosaic Law but through faith in Christ,
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