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Apostate Turned Prophet: Paul's Prophetic Self-Understanding and Prophetic Hermeneutic with Special Reference to Galatians 3.10–12

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 September 2007

SIGURD GRINDHEIM
Affiliation:
Mekane Yesus Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 1247, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Abstract

This article argues that Paul's prophetic self-understanding is a fruitful starting point for understanding the elements of continuity and discontinuity between his Pharisaic past and the theology found in his letters. It is argued that Paul understood the majority of his fellow Jews, including himself as Pharisee, as apostates from the God of Israel. Paul's Damascus experience represents his coming to God. This perspective helps explain the problem passage in Gal 3.10–12. Paul reads Deut 27.26 and Lev 18.5 in light of the prophetic tradition, where these passages were seen as the warrant for God's judgment on Israel because of her apostasy.

Type
Research Article
Copyright
© 2007 Cambridge University Press

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