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by gryan
Thu Dec 02, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Two kinds of flesh/two kinds of righteousness (Exegeting the implicit distinctions of Gal 2:15-16)
Replies: 2
Views: 58

Re: Two kinds of flesh/two kinds of righteousness (Exegeting the implicit distinctions of Gal 2:15-16)

@ Irish1975 Thanks for your on point comments. Dunn, who wrote a book on the theology of Galatians, translated 2:16a "faith in Christ". I'm persuaded that the other side (Hays, Campbell and others) of the "faith of Christ" debate is closer to Paul's meaning. I'm giving Dunn credi...
by gryan
Thu Dec 02, 2021 5:56 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Two kinds of flesh/two kinds of righteousness (Exegeting the implicit distinctions of Gal 2:15-16)
Replies: 2
Views: 58

Two kinds of flesh/two kinds of righteousness (Exegeting the implicit distinctions of Gal 2:15-16)

Gal 2:15-16 We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles, knowing that a person is not justified from out of the works of the law, except by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ; even we (both Paul and Cephas), too, have believed in Christ Jesus in order that we may be justified by the faithfulness...
by gryan
Thu Dec 02, 2021 3:38 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Was Damascus in Arabia? (Maybe Acts is more harmonious with Gal 1:15-19 than we thought)
Replies: 29
Views: 1061

Re: Was Damascus in Arabia? (Maybe Acts is more harmonious with Gal 1:15-17 than we thought)

Although what I'm seeing is to be found in no commentary, ancient or modern (that I know of), IMHO, the actual "line of reasoning" in the text (that Jerome is expertly trying to avoid) may be exegeted properly in light of the text's A,B,C,C',B',A' "Chiastic structure": https://e...
by gryan
Tue Nov 30, 2021 6:40 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Was Damascus in Arabia? (Maybe Acts is more harmonious with Gal 1:15-19 than we thought)
Replies: 29
Views: 1061

Re: Was Damascus in Arabia? (Maybe Acts is more harmonious with Gal 1:15-17 than we thought)

@ GakuseiDon Thanks for taking that dive into Jerome's logic! My sense is that the modern consensus is correct that good grammar argues against Jerome's decision "to avoid coupling 'immediately' or 'right away' with 'flesh and blood,' and instead to construe it as part of the preceding verse&qu...
by gryan
Mon Nov 29, 2021 6:07 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Was Damascus in Arabia? (Maybe Acts is more harmonious with Gal 1:15-19 than we thought)
Replies: 29
Views: 1061

Re: Was Damascus in Arabia? (Maybe Acts is more harmonious with Gal 1:15-17 than we thought)

Primary Texts Fleeing Damascus-under-Arab-rule was a prelude to revelation/fleshly weakness 2Cor 11:32f In Damascus the governor under the king Aretas was guarding the city of the Damascenes to seize me. But I was let down in a basket through a window through the wall, and I escaped his hands. It b...
by gryan
Mon Nov 29, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Was Damascus in Arabia? (Maybe Acts is more harmonious with Gal 1:15-19 than we thought)
Replies: 29
Views: 1061

Re: Was Damascus in Arabia? (Maybe Acts is more harmonious with Gal 1:15-17 than we thought)

@ perseusomega9 Yes, I'm reading William O. Walkers book on Non-Pauline Interpolations in the Pauline Letters, and he argues that the "cumulative weight of the form-critical, linguistic, ideational, contextual and other data" suggests that 1 Cor. 2.6-16 is a non-Pauline interpolation. He d...
by gryan
Mon Nov 29, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Was Damascus in Arabia? (Maybe Acts is more harmonious with Gal 1:15-19 than we thought)
Replies: 29
Views: 1061

Re: Was Damascus in Arabia? (Maybe Acts is more harmonious with Gal 1:15-17 than we thought)

Thesis Recap: These three Damascus/Revelation texts fit together in (relative) harmony IF it is understood that, in the Gal account, Paul returned "immediately" to Damascus (which was reckoned by Paul to be a city in Arabia, on the edge of Arabia) the very place he had previously fled, bu...
by gryan
Sun Nov 28, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Was Damascus in Arabia? (Maybe Acts is more harmonious with Gal 1:15-19 than we thought)
Replies: 29
Views: 1061

Re: Was Damascus in Arabia? (Maybe Acts is more harmonious with Gal 1:15-17 than we thought)

Re: Jerome's comments on Gal 1:17b. But I went to Arabia and returned again to Damascus. The sequence of events presented here seems to be at odds with Luke's account in the Acts of the Apostles, which runs as follows. After coming to faith in Christ, Paul courageously proclaimed the Gospel at Damas...
by gryan
Sun Nov 28, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Was Damascus in Arabia? (Maybe Acts is more harmonious with Gal 1:15-19 than we thought)
Replies: 29
Views: 1061

Re: Was Damascus in Arabia?

It's hard for me to see a deeper meaning to "flesh and blood" in 1 Cor 1:50. To me, Paul is stressing the difference between the spirit and the flesh. That might well be a reference to the spiritual bond of brotherhood vs the fleshly bond specific to James as you suggest; but Paul does se...
by gryan
Sun Nov 28, 2021 4:44 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Was Damascus in Arabia? (Maybe Acts is more harmonious with Gal 1:15-19 than we thought)
Replies: 29
Views: 1061

Re: Was Damascus in Arabia? (Maybe Acts is more harmonious with Gal 1:15-17 than we thought)

Was Paul "lowered in a basket" twice? An alternative reconstruction of Gal/Cor/Acts Chronology Event 1 Paul, the zealous Jew prior to conversion escapes Arab ruler in Damascus Story told only once: 2 Cor 11:30f 32 In Damascus the governor under the king Aretas was guarding the city of the...