Galatians Re-Imagined: Reading With the Eyes of the by Brigitte Kahl

By Brigitte Kahl

Brigitte Kahl brings to this insightful interpreting of Galatians a deep wisdom of the classical global and particularly of Roman imperial ideology. the 1st wave of scholarship at the Roman imperial context of Paul's letters raised very important questions that in simple terms thorough remedies of person letters can solution. Kahl units the letter to the Galatians within the context of Roman perceptions of vanquished peoples as represented within the nice Altar at Pergamum. starting with a perceptive dialogue of the good Altar, Kahl describes imperial representations of Roman strength in addition to the features formally imputed to conquered peoples, together with the "savage" Galatians (Gauls).

Themes of imperial propaganda—order vs. lawlessness, civilization vs. barbarity, concord vs. anarchy—echo in Paul's letter and spotlight the deeper matters at stake within the Galatian challenge. Paul's fight is stimulated no longer via Jewish antagonists yet by way of Gentile nervousness approximately prestige on a panorama the place withdrawal from the civic celebrations of Rome's glory used to be held within the gravest suspicion. Kahl deals a dramatic new interpretation of Galatians as an exhortation to face with the powerless.

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