St Paul apparently wrote this letter from Ephesus or Macedonia to his Galatian converts on receiving news of a movement requiring them to keep all the commandments of the Jewish Law and thereby (as he thought) imperilling the whole value of their faith in Christ. It is universally recognized as genuine. It may have been addressed to Christians in the country of Galatia in the interior of Asia Minor, which had been peopled by Gauls in the 3rd century bc (the traditional ‘North Galatian’ view); alternatively ‘Galatia’ may refer to the Roman province of Galatia, which covered a wider area (the ‘South Galatian’ view). Either way there are problems about relating the events in Paul's life recorded in Gal. 1 f. with Acts. On one view the Epistle is dated in 50 or a little earlier, making it the earliest of Paul's letters, but most scholars prefer a date in the mid-50s.
Subjects: Biblical Studies.