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Commentary on The Letter of Paul to the Galatians

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1.1–5 : Salutation.

See Rom. 1.1–7 nn.

1 :

From the first line Paul emphasizes again and again that he is an apostle independent of human authority.

3–5 :

See Rom. 1.7 n. and 1.8–15 n.

4 :

See 2.20; 1 Cor. 15.3 . Age: see 1 Cor. 2.6–8 n.

1.6–10 : The Galatian apostasy

from God.

8–9 :

Angel: see 2 Cor. 11.14 . Banned: lit. “anathema”; compare 1 Cor. 16.22 n.; 5.2–5 .

10 :

1 Thess. 2.4; 1 Cor. 9.19–23 .

1.11–17 : Paul's gospel is from God

not human beings.

12 :

Compare 1 Cor. 15.8 and 2 Cor. 12.1–4 n. with 1 Cor. 15.3 n.

13–14 :

See Phil. 3.4–6 and compare Acts 8.3; 22.3–5; 26.4–11 .

15–16 :

From my birth: see Jer. 1.5 . In me and through me: Gk. lit. “in me” (see v. 12 n. ).

17 :

Paul denies that he is a Jerusalem apostle.

1.18–24 : Paul's first visit to Jerusalem.

18 :

Cephas: see 1 Cor. 1.12 n.

19 :

James: see Mk. 6.3; Acts 15.13 .

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