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The Children of the Barren Woman: Gal 4:27 and the Hermeneutics of Justification’

Starling, David I. (2013) The Children of the Barren Woman: Gal 4:27 and the Hermeneutics of Justification’. Journal for the Study of Paul and his Letters, 3. pp. 93-110. ISSN 2159-2063


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In Gal 4:27, Paul offers a citation from Isa 54:1 as proof for his assertion in v. 26 that it is “the Jerusalem above” that is “our mother.” The citation poses an obvious hermeneutical riddle: on what basis does Paul include
uncircumcised Gentiles in Galatia among the children born to the restored Jerusalem? This article proposes a solution to that riddle, based on a reading of the salvation-historical hermeneutical framework constructed in the
preceding chapters of the letter and suggests some implications for how we are to understand the relationship between Gentile inclusion and salvation by grace within the grand narrative that informs Paul’s theology of justification.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: Galatians, Gentiles, hermeneutics, justification, grace
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Morling College
Depositing User: Dr David Starling
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2014 23:25
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2014 23:25
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1491

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