The Risen Crucified Christ in Galatians
 The Risen Crucified Christ in Galatians

The Risen Crucified Christ in Galatians

in Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series

by Robert A. Bryant

Pages 284
Publisher SBL Press
Published 2001
ISBN-13 9781589835405
This study examines ancient Greco-Roman communication theories and practices to understand both Paul as a communicator and the central purposes of Galatians. Taking account of but moving beyond discussions of rhetorical and epistolary categorizations, this work probes Greco-Roman principles of persuasive communication and the ways in which Paul uses them in Galatians. Of particular significance is the discovery of the widespread practice of placing a communication’s central points at the beginning and ending of a message and developing those themes in the message’s body, a technique that Paul employs in Galatians. As a result, this investigation shows that the importance of Jesus’s resurrection for understanding Galatians is inversely proportional to Paul’s singular opening statement about it. The author demonstrates that the risen crucified Christ is fundamental for understanding Paul’s letter-speech to the Galatians, as well as for understanding Paul himself and his theology as a whole.

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