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By G. Walter Hansen

This publication deals a clean point of view on Paul's use of the Abraham tale in Galatians by way of supplying an intensive research of its epistolary and rhetorical contexts. partially I, parallels in Galatians to rebuke-request letters in Greek papyri function a foundation for dividing the letter into significant sections: Rebuke (1.6-4.11) and Request (3.12-6.10), the request formulation in 4.12 indicating an enormous turning aspect within the letter. The Abraham argument (3.6-29) and the Hagar-Sarah allegory (4.12-31) could be considered as Paul's biblical rebuke and biblical charm respectively. Rhetorical research classifies 1.1-4.11 as forensic rhetoric, characterised via defence and accusations concerning previous activities, and 4.12-6.18 as deliberative rhetoric, marked by way of exhortation and dissuasion relating to destiny activities. partially II, exegetical research of 3.1-29 stresses the subordination of the Abraham argument to the framework supplied through Paul's expressions of the rebuke. inside of this framework, the autobiographical part and the Abraham argument part are parallel advancements of the thesis assertion (1.11-12). either sections emphasize Paul's missiological quandary to maintain the reality of the Gospel for the liberty of Gentile believers. research of 4.21-31 exhibits how the allegory features in the request element of the letter as biblical help for the decision to withstand the troublemakers, surroundings the level for the authoritative charm of 5.13-6.10. From the viewpoint supplied via this research, major implications which relate to broader theological concerns in Pauline theology are set forth; the functionality of Paul's doctrine of justification via religion because the foundation for his Gentile undertaking, Paul's view of the Gentile church because the Israel of God, and the covenantal constitution of Paul's ethics which pertains to the reaction of religion to obedience within the divine will. 3 appendices assessment fresh dialogue of vital heritage matters: The Opponent's Use of the Abraham culture, Abraham in Jewish Literature, and Paul and Jewish Exegesis.

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30 So it is necessary to modify Betz's analysis by observing that Galatians contains features of deliverative rhetoric, such as are to be found particularly in the exhortation section. This observation, however, does not necessarily rule out the forensic aspects of the argument. Betz bases his determination of the forensic genre primarily on the first half of Galatians (chs. 1-4), with particular emphasis on the narrative. Kennedy, on the other hand, bases his determination of the deliberative genre primarily on the last half 2.

69 The significance of this cluster of epistolary formula in Gal. 1220 is further emphasized by a study of the form and function of these phrases. 72 As we have observed, a 9au|jdCa)-rebuke section in a papyrus letter almost always serves as the background for a request formula and an imperative, or simply for an imperative. An analysis of request formulae in Paul's letters indicates that Paul's requests are prefaced by a background section which prepares the way for the request. CJ. 74 The structure, however, is somewhat modified in 2 Corinthians.

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