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Conflict in Galatia

Jerome Murphy-oʼconnor

in Paul: A Critical Life

Published in print May 1998 | ISBN: 9780192853424
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670589 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192853424.003.0008
Conflict in Galatia

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The Galatians that Paul wrote to were the members of the Celtic tribes in the area of Pessinus. He used ‘church’ to mean all the believers in a town or city, but he also used it to mean a subgroup, those who assembled in a particular home. The chapter argues that the problems which developed among the Christians of Galatia were not intrinsic and were caused by ‘outsiders’ whose vision of Christianity was radically different from that of Paul. They were out to undermine the authority of Paul and advocated the Judaized version of Christianity. Despite losing some of the churches he had founded, this chapter discusses Paul's calculated response to this setback.

Keywords: Celtic tribes; Pessinus; church; Galatia; outsiders; Judaism

Chapter.  12731 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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