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The Jewish Recipients Of Galatians

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In his letter to the Galatians, Paul claims for himself the title apostle to the nations in the same way that Peter was the apostle to the circumcised. This chapter discusses the hypothesis that Pauls letter to the Galatians is addressed to a mixed audience of Jews and gentiles. To that end it reviews the arguments in favour of the consensus reading that only gentiles are addressed. The chapter also discusses whether and how, in the case of a mixed audience, the rhetorical strategy behind Galatians would have worked for its Jewish recipients. In the context of Roman law, such communities could enact certain kinds of punishments. Internally, it would bring Paul in conflict with Jewish followers of Jesus who were zealous for the law, as well as those who preferred accommodation with the Jewish community rather than conflict.

Keywords: Galatians; gentiles; Jesus; Jewish recipients; Paul



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