Galatians in Old, New and Apocalyptic Perspectives
How would you summarise Galatians in half an hour, in such a way as to combine the best of old, new and apocalyptic perspectives on Paul? Given all the posts I've written here about Martin Luther, E. P. Sanders, Tom Wright, Doug Campbell, John Barclay and company, you might think it a fool's errand to even try, and you certainly might think me a moron for trying to do it in a Sunday sermon. But oddly, if you don't mention the debates within Pauline scholarship, don't use categories like "old", "new" and "apocalyptic", and instead simply lay out what Paul is doing in a positive fashion - preaching a personal gospel (new life), a corporate gospel (new community) and a global gospel (new creation), each one nestled within the others like a set of Russian dolls - it's nowhere near as difficult as it sounds. Here's how I did it recently, at CCK in Brighton.