A Brief Introduction
Click to Read Galatians, the first book written in the New Testament, without all the additives like chapters and verses.
Age Written: AD 49
From: Antioch in Syria
To: Christians in South Galatia
Problem: Inclusion | Exclusion
Audience: Those who add cultural practice to Christianity
Geography: South Galatia
Galatians is the first of Paul’s letters.[ref]Robert H. Gundry. A Survey of the New Testament. 4th ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2003.) 351.[/ref] After returning from his mission trip to South Galatia, he wrote to the churches that he had planted. After he departed from this area, a group of Jewish agitators, who believed that you had to add the boundary markers of circumcision, food laws, and calendar events, arrived in Galatia and began to preach their gospel. When Paul discovered that this group had followed his ministry and tried to destroy it with a distorted gospel, he became rather heated and wrote Galatians. Two problems caused this situation. First, Gentiles had accepted Jesus but not Judaism. Second, Jews who had accepted the Jesus Story did not know what to do about having table fellowship with Gentiles.[ref]I. Howard Marshall, Stephen Travis, Ian Paul, Exploring the New Testament: A Guide to the Letters & Revelation, vol. 1 (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), 48.[/ref] Paul’s intention was to recover anyone who had been lost because of the false teaching about conversion and to keep others from accepting the teaching of these Jewish missionaries.
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