<i>Hierosolyma/Ierousalêm</i> in Galatians

Jerome Murphy‐O'Connor

in Keys to Jerusalem

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199642021
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738555 | DOI:
Hierosolyma/Ierousalêm in Galatians

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One of the minor mysteries of Galatians is the shift from Hierosolyma in 1:17–18; 2:1 to Ierousalêm in 4:25–6. The silence of most commentators betrays their conviction that the variation is without significance. In fact, there is a real problem, if one thinks in terms of a single document and the absence of any explanation. There are certain commentators who recognize that this is a real question, but make no effort to answer it. A hypothesis begins to emerge if we look more closely at Pauline usage. Ierousalêm appears seven times distributed between three letters (Rom., 1 Cor., Gal.), whereas Hierosolyma is found three times and only in Gal. These simple statistics suggest that Ierousalêm was Paul's normal word for the Holy City, and that Hierosolyma is an exception that demands explanation.

Keywords: Galatians; Hierosolyma; Ierousalêm; Paul

Chapter.  2009 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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