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Modes Of Community And Identity Formation: An Exegesis Of Galatians 2:11–14 And 3:26–29

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This chapter exegetes Galatians 2:11-14 and 3:26-29. Galatians 2:11-14 and 3:26-29 offer a good example of how the Apostle Paul created free communities based on his self-understanding as one sent by God. He did so with a sociopostcolonial hermeneutics that frees humans to live as children of God, to live in community as equals before God. Aline Sitoé defined herself as one commissioned by Emitai to found a hank ("community") of free people. Both spoke of receiving direct revelations for their missions from the same source: God/Emitai. Unlike the prophet, Paul talks about Jesus Christ revealed in him. Whereas Paul talks about "faith working through love" (Gal 5:6), as a key concept for life in community, Aline Sitoé talks about charity/love exercised under the aegis of Emitai.

Keywords: Aline Sitoé; Apostle Paul; Diola communities; Galatians; identity construction; sociopostcolonial hermeneutics



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