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Galatians 5:12

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Various metaphorical interpretations of Gal 5:12 were advanced in the patristic period, and continue, in part, to the present day. Modern commentators generally favor more literal interpretations, although few of them regard Gal 5:12 as significant for the development of the argument of Galatians. A review of the Mother Goddess cult in Roman Galatia, however, shows the relevance of the sarcastic imagery of 5:12 to the social setting of Galatians. In light of that relevance, the argument of Galatians is revisited, revealing that those who ascribe an essential role in salvation to circumcision are as mistaken and offensive as were emasculated priests in the Cybele cult.

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