Summary Galatians 1:1-24

Here we have a bunch of topics.  The major themes are:

  • God the Father, implies we are all ‘children of God’
  • Lord Jesus Christ,  ‘christ’ = the messiah
  • χάρις vs ‘gratia’ vs grace
  • Jesus given for our sins
  • There is another gospel!!! Or perhaps more than one
  • Angel from the sky.   When did ‘sky’ in both Latin and Greek become ‘heaven’?
  • Anathema sit!  Let him preaching another gospel be cursed
  • The person actually writing what Paul has ‘written’ was, possibly, an Athenian.  Did not mention this, but, overall, the Greek has a more sophisticated feel than the Greek of 1 Thessalonians.  One can tell this because the are many more difficult passages.
  • Paul’s gospel is not according to men. This picks up on and amplifies Paul’s contention in 1 Thess that he preached with power.  Serves to assert that he is someone, even though he had never met Jesus
  • Paul describes himself as a persecutor of the church
  • Paul’s personal account of his conversion; it doesn’t exactly match the story of the Road to Damascus so famous from the Acts of the Apostles
  • Paul’s personal history; he was a Pharisee, and one of the most zealous Jews of his generation
  • He was separated summoned* separated** by God for his role, ‘from his mother’s womb’; foreshadowing of Predestination
  • It was God’s intent that he preach to the Gentiles; revealed to him, no doubt, by God
  • Independent corroboration that Peter was, indeed, a leader of the Apostles; at least, after Jesus’ death
  • JAMES THE BROTHER OF THE LORD !!! and the implications of this statement on the doctrine of the virgin birth
  • Paul was personally unknown to the majority of the Jerusalem Assembly; not surprising if Paul was out traveling for the past 14 years–as we will find out in Chapter 2.

*Updated per comment on post

** Changed back to original translation


About James, brother of Jesus

I have a BA from the University of Toronto in Greek and Roman History. For this, I had to learn classical Greek and Latin. In seminar-style classes, we discussed both the meaning of the text and the language. U of T has a great Classics Dept. One of the professors I took a Senior Seminar with is now at Harvard. I started reading the New Testament as a way to brush up on my Greek, and the process grew into this. I plan to comment on as much of the NT as possible, starting with some of Paul's letters. After that, I'll start in on the Gospels, starting with Mark.

Posted on August 30, 2012, in epistles, Galatians, Paul's Letters, Summary, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. There is certainly not a touch of Gnosticism’s view of God the Creator in Paul’s description of God the Father. I wonder if Gnostic Christianity carried any Pauline concepts. Some later forms of Christianity seem to carry some parts of both Gnostic and Pauline concepts, such as orthodox Catholicism.

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