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Jerusalems Above and Below: A Critique of J. L. Martyn’s Interpretation of the Hagar-Sarah Allegory in Gal 4.21—5.1

Byrne, Brendan (2014) Jerusalems Above and Below: A Critique of J. L. Martyn’s Interpretation of the Hagar-Sarah Allegory in Gal 4.21—5.1. New Testament Studies, 60 (2). pp. 215-231. ISSN 0028-6885

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Abstract

In several studies of Galatians, J. Louis Martyn has argued that in the allegory of Hagar and Sarah (4.1–5.1), the ‘two covenants’ of 4.24b, traditionally identified with Judaism and Christianity respectively, refer, on the one hand, to a Christian Jewish Law-observant Gentile mission, Teachers from whom are disturbing Paul’s Galatian converts, and to the Law-free Gentile mission promulgated by Paul, on the other. In the light, particularly, of Paul’s overall usage of ‘covenant’, Martyn’s interpretation is not sustainable –though this need not imply a return to an anti-Jewish interpretation of the text.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Galatians, Hagar–Sarah, allegory, covenant, mission slavery
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: UFT-JTC: United Faculty of Theology - Jesuit Theological College
Depositing User: Prof. Brendan Byrne
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2015 05:43
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2017 14:35
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1829

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