By G. Walter Hansen
This ebook deals a clean point of view on Paul's use of the Abraham tale in Galatians through offering an intensive research of its epistolary and rhetorical contexts. partly I, parallels in Galatians to rebuke-request letters in Greek papyri function a foundation for dividing the letter into significant sections: Rebuke (1.6-4.11) and Request (3.12-6.10), the request formulation in 4.12 indicating a big turning aspect within the letter. The Abraham argument (3.6-29) and the Hagar-Sarah allegory (4.12-31) can be considered as Paul's biblical rebuke and biblical attraction respectively. Rhetorical research classifies 1.1-4.11 as forensic rhetoric, characterised by means of defence and accusations relating to previous activities, and 4.12-6.18 as deliberative rhetoric, marked by way of exhortation and dissuasion relating to destiny activities. partly II, exegetical research of 3.1-29 stresses the subordination of the Abraham argument to the framework supplied by means of Paul's expressions of the rebuke. inside this framework, the autobiographical part and the Abraham argument part are parallel advancements of the thesis assertion (1.11-12). either sections emphasize Paul's missiological difficulty to maintain the reality of the Gospel for the liberty of Gentile believers. research of 4.21-31 exhibits how the allegory services in the request portion of the letter as biblical help for the decision to withstand the troublemakers, atmosphere the level for the authoritative charm of 5.13-6.10. From the point of view supplied by means of this research, major implications which relate to broader theological matters in Pauline theology are set forth; the functionality of Paul's doctrine of justification by way of religion because the foundation for his Gentile undertaking, Paul's view of the Gentile church because the Israel of God, and the covenantal constitution of Paul's ethics which pertains to the reaction of religion to obedience within the divine will. 3 appendices overview contemporary dialogue of vital heritage concerns: The Opponent's Use of the Abraham culture, Abraham in Jewish Literature, and Paul and Jewish Exegesis.
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Gal. 6) Cicero 'recommends the expression of astonishment and perplexity as one of the means to regain the goodwill of an audience which has been won over by the opposition' (Betz, p. 45;42 cf. 25). (2) The mixture of 'direct opening' and 'subtle approach' The 'direct opening' is used to address a receptive audience (Rhet. ad Her. 6). The 'subtle approach' is used when the audience has been won over by the opponent (Rhet. ad Her. 9). Betz says that Paul combines both approaches since the Galatians are receptive to him and yet they have almost been won over (Betz, p.
Methodology Paul specifies his primary, apostolic task as the preaching of the gospel (Gal. 16). So when he writes, it is not surprising that he writes as a preacher. 6 Our use of the term, however, is meant simply as a descriptive reference to argumentative discourse. It is, of course, beyond reasonable doubt that Paul's argumentation, in one degree or another, was shaped by the dominant influence of Hellenism and, in particular, Hellenistic rhetoric. A. 10 This assertion is confirmed by D. 11 Thus it is reasonable to assume that Paul employed the art of Hellenistic rhetoric in the development of his argument in Galatians.
The 'subtle approach' is used when the audience has been won over by the opponent (Rhet. ad Her. 9). Betz says that Paul combines both approaches since the Galatians are receptive to him and yet they have almost been won over (Betz, p. 45). 8). 20-22) is used by Betz to explain Paul's use of the curse in the exordium (Betz, p. 46). (5) The statement of the i causa' The function of the exordium to state the central issue of the case (Rhet. ad Her. 7) is fulfilled by Paul's reference to the Galatians' desertion from the gospel and the intruders' perversion of the gospel (Betz, p.
Abraham in Galatians: Epistolary and Rhetorical Contexts by G. Walter Hansen