Summary Galatians Chapter 2:1-10
Here we continue with Paul’s account of his conversion.
- He preached 14 years before returning to Jerusalem
- His preaching was the result of a revelation, and his decision was the result of another
- His companion, Titus, was not required to be circumcised
Here we begin the discussion between the James Gang, the elders of the Jerusalem Assembly, and Paul, about the role of the Jewish Law. How much, if any, would non-Jewish converts be required to follow?
Note that Paul has been on his own path for 14 years. In a sense, he has come to Jerusalem to get “official approval” of his method and his content.
- The issue of Paul’s secretary/scribe
- The Jerusalem Assembly actually (apparently) sent spies (of a sort) to see what Paul was up to, the intent being to make him toe the line
- Paul brags about being a Pharisee
- Paul claims not to have been impressed by those who seemed to be in power
- Paul claims that he was entrusted by some agent, unspecified–but we can probably assume he means God, given all his revelations–with the gospel to the Gentiles, just as Peter–not James but Peter–was entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised
- The point is that, after 14 years, Paul had been successful in creating assemblies of Jesus in various non-Jewish communities. At this point, we have to wonder if there were more Gentiles than Jews
- We are told that Peter and John, so prominent in the gospels, were indeed leaders of the community in Jerusalem. James, also named as one ‘seeming’ to be a ‘pillar of the community’, had little or no role in the gospels. It’s not even clear if he’s the James known as “James the Lesser”; that is, the James who is not Andrew’s brother and a son of Zebedee
- James enjoins Paul to ‘remember the poor’, which has led some to see James as the leader of the sect/group called the “Ebionites”. More likely, this was the imposition of a requirement for Paul to collect the Temple Tax, which was to be sent to Jerusalem. This was a standard feature, apparently, of the Second Temple period.
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