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The Literary Composition and Function of Paul's Letter to the Galatians*


When discussing commentaries friends have repeatedly suggested to me that the commentary genre is at present not the most creative format within which to work. This may or may not be true, but the enterprise certainly provides for some strange experiences. It has been my experience that things go smoothly as long as one does not ask too many questions. The present paper, however, is the preliminary outcome of asking too many questions about how to arrive at an ‘outline’ of the letter to the Galatians. Nearly all commentaries and Introductions to the New Testament contain such an outline, table of contents, or paraphrase of the argument. However, despite an extensive search, I have not been able to find any consideration given to possible criteria and methods for determining such an outline.

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furthermore, J. A. Goldstein , The Letters of Demosthenes (New York, 1968), chapter 7: ‘The Forms of Ancient Apology and Polemic, Real and Fictitious’.

H. Chadwick , The Sentences of Sextus (Cambridge, 1959);

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New Testament Studies
  • ISSN: 0028-6885
  • EISSN: 1469-8145
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