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By Richard Hove

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor unfastened, male nor woman, for you're all one in Christ Jesus." -Galatians 3:28 the talk over the jobs of fellows and girls is raging, not just inside society, but in addition in the church. a few think that women and men are equivalent in God's sight in each appreciate. Others carry that God has given women and men distinct roles in marriage and the church. in the course of this heated debate stands Galatians 3:28, often pointed out by means of either side as one of many severe texts in identifying the biblical educating on gender roles. during this ebook Richard Hove completely examines Galatians 3:28 to find what it says--and means--so that we will be able to correctly interpret it and comprehend its value during this dispute. Giving nice care to the exegetical information of the passage, in addition to the stream of Paul's argument all through Galatians three and four, Hove sheds clarifying mild in this debatable textual content. And he does so in a manner that are supposed to support circulate involved Christians towards constructing a biblical theology of manhood and womanhood. "Thoroughly researched and obviously written, Hove's e-book breaks new flooring within the church's figuring out of Galatians 3:28. it might probably be the definitive paintings in this passage for many years to come." -Dr. Wayne Grudem, Professor and Chairman of the dept of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity university "A transparent, reasoned, confident exegesis that celebrates 'oneness' in Christ. A needs to learn for all who actually wish to comprehend and stay out the biblical equality among male and female." -Mary Kassian, writer of The Feminist Gospel and girls, production and the autumn

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But the contrast between the law and Christ is also noteworthy, as will become evident below. It is sufficient at this point to note that the elusive “works of the law” are contrasted with expressions incorporating the concept of faith and the person and work of Christ. Though much remains to be said regarding the works of the law, it is important for this study to note that these works are Jewish, they involve both “getting in” and “staying in,” and they are contrasted with faith and Christ. The Galatian Problem: A Proposal It is now possible to offer a reasonable suggestion as to the nature of the Galatian problem: Jewish “Christians,” personally unknown to Paul, were subverting the true gospel by teaching that Gentiles must submit to the Old Testament law, specifically the identity markers of circumcision, calendar observance, and rules of table fellowship, in order to be justified and continue on in their Christian life.

Beneath these questions lies an even more fundamental issue: How does the arrival of the promised Christ, and the new covenant with the Spirit, change the old? Or, put another way: If the locus of God’s salvific activity in years past was the nation Israel, with her God-given promises and law, what has changed, both for the Jew and for the Gentile, now that the new covenant and the Spirit have arrived and the focus of God’s salvific activity is no longer tribally based? It is important to recognize at the onset that the Galatian problem, Equality in Christ?

For] you are all sons of God . ” There is a conjunction in the Greek7 not translated by the NIV that emphasizes the connection between this unit (3:26-29) and the previous unit (3:23-25); the reason that the Galatians are “no longer under the supervision of the law” (v. 25) is because (“for”) they are now “sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (v. 26). Longenecker comments, “The postpositive ga/r [the Greek conjunction left out by the NIV] here has both explanatory and continuative functions, and so is probably to be translated “for, you see .

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