Susan Eastman, Israel and the Mercy of God: A Re-reading of Galatians 6.16 and Romans 9–11
The Pillars also are made object of divine 'hardening', just as the Pharaoh: even when they agreed de jure with Paul, de facto there was a conflict in Antioch.
Giuseppe wrote: ↑Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:25 pm Interesting. En passant, I am thinking about Galatians 1, 2 as based midrashically on Moses' story and the Pillars as new Pharaoh, who in the same time "is considered someone" and is a tyrant.
- As the Moses' story goes, Moses does some vain efforts to persuade the Pharaoh, without success. This may have some reflection in Paul's first visit to Jerusalem, when he tries the first time to talk with Peter, apparently without success.
- The second visit of Paul to Jerusalem may be the analogous of Moses persuading the Pharaoh (by the ten plagues of Egypt), just as Paul was able by this time to persuade the Pillars about his mission to Gentiles.
- Then, just as Pharaoh changed bluntly intention and attacked the Israelites during their passage from Egypt, so "some sent from James" attacked Paul by persuading Peter to eat with the Judaizers in Antioch. The Pillars broke bluntly the temporary alliance with Paul.
- Moses who divided the waters is Paul who entered in conflict with Peter publicly in Antioch.