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Introduction: A Sociopostcolonial Hermeneutics

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This introductory chapter presents an overview of this book, which reads Galatians 2:11-14 and 3:26-29 from a social science and postcolonial perspective and concludes that Paul was both a countercolonist and a sociopostcolonial hermeneut. The Apostle Paul is a countercolonist par excellence whose message of faith many biblical interpreters cast into a sociopostcolonial hermeneutics that upholds faith in Christ as a conceptual metaphor through which communities are made, shaped, and freed. Most social scientific investigations of Paul's epistle to the churches of Galatia explore themes of specific pericopae. The chapter draws on two sociological models: First, a significant sociological model is one that "investigates biblical texts as meaningful configurations of language intended to communicate between composer and audiences." Second, the process of shaping spheres of existence is a "world-building" effort through which humans create and maintain their social worlds by way of "externalization, objectivation, and internalization.".

Keywords: Apostle Paul; Galatians; sociopostcolonial hermeneutics



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