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A Postcolonial Reading Of Paul’S Epistle To The Churches Of Galatia: A Conclusion

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Galatians would have experienced Roman imperialism/colonialism both through humanitas/paideia or the policy for "receiving all nations" and Paul's Good News as two letters with competing messages. Experiences of the reality of colonialism and its heavy consequences on the lives of Africans are the locus for a liberating sociopostcolonial biblical hermeneutics. The socioreligious and cultural traditions from which most Africans have been displaced can be effectively shaped by the Pauline notion of freedom in Christ. This chapter proposes that Paul was a countercolonist whose message decolonizes by freeing the colonized to be conscious of their divine status as children of the promise (Gal 4:23, 28, 31), regardless of their cultural contexts, ethnicity, gender, and social status (Gal 3:28). Such a message is implemented through an inculturation of the message of the cross.

Keywords: Galatians; Paul; sociopostcolonial biblical hermeneutics

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