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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:53121
Doc. No:TL23075
Call number:‭3271000‬
Main Entry:Rodrigo Jose Morales
Title & Author:The Spirit and the restoration of Israel: New exodus and new creation motifs in GalatiansRodrigo Jose Morales
College:Duke University
Date:2007
Degree:Ph.D.
student score:2007
Page No:263
Abstract:At the outset of the central argument in the Letter to the Galatians, Paul asks his readers the question: "This alone I want to know from you: was it from works of the law that you received the Spirit, or from the proclamation of faith?" (Gal 3:2). The tone of the question, in addition to the rest of the argument, makes quite clear the answer that Paul expects to receive—the Galatians received the Spirit from the proclamation of faith. Although the answer to the question is obvious, the implication of that answer remains elusive: what significance does Paul attach to the reception of the Spirit, and why does it exclude the need for his Gentile Christian converts to submit to the yoke of the Torah? The present dissertation seeks to explain why the Spirit plays such a central role in Paul's argument in the epistle. The work begins by surveying expectations about the outpouring of the Spirit in the OT prophetic corpus and late Second Temple Jewish literature in order to establish a cultural encyclopedia or "scriptural theology" connecting the Spirit and restoration eschatology. The study then provides exegetical probes of climactic texts in the epistle that highlight the significance of the Spirit (Gal 3:1-5, 10-14; 4:1-7; 5:2-6, 13-26; 6:3, 8) in light of the material surveyed in chapters one and two. Exegesis of these texts shows that Paul's statements about the Spirit make the most sense in the context of Second Temple Jewish restoration eschatology. For Paul, the Spirit is the sign that God has begun to fulfill the promises of restoration made to Israel through the Prophets. Moreover, the Spirit provides that which the Law had failed to produce: eschatological life. This understanding of the Spirit in terms of eschatological life sheds light on how Paul understands the curse of the Law in Gal 3:10-14 and helps to demonstrate the coherence of the letter via the motifs of life and death, which feature significantly in each of the three major sections of the epistle.
Subject:Philosophy, religion and theology; Galatians (letter to the); Motifs; New Exodux; New creation; Restoration of Israel; Spirit; Bible; 0321:Bible
Added Entry:R. B. Hays
Added Entry:Duke University