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Sample Study Guide on Galatians

Sample Study Guide on Galatians

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Published by David Leigh
DISCOVER Galatians, an early epistle by the Apostle Paul that...
Helped define first-century Christianity Was a pivotal text for the Protestant Reformation Holds earth-shaking implications for Christianity today, and Can radically change your life! The path to that end is a penetrating case study in biblical interpretation. It explores timeless controversies and essential background issues that challenged the early church and will shed light on just about every New Testament passage you’ll ever
DISCOVER Galatians, an early epistle by the Apostle Paul that...
Helped define first-century Christianity Was a pivotal text for the Protestant Reformation Holds earth-shaking implications for Christianity today, and Can radically change your life! The path to that end is a penetrating case study in biblical interpretation. It explores timeless controversies and essential background issues that challenged the early church and will shed light on just about every New Testament passage you’ll ever

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ISCOVER 
 
Galatians
, an early epistle by the Apostle Paul that...
 Helped define first-century ChristianityWas a pivotal text for the Protestant Reformation Holds earth-shaking implications for Christianity today, and Can radically change your life!
The path
to that end is a penetrating case study in biblical interpretation. Itexplores timeless controversies and essential background issues that challengedthe early church and will shed light on just about every New Testament passageyou’ll ever read. This is a “how-to” class for intermediate-to-advanced Biblelovers—or for anyone who wants to become one!
Dave Leigh
holds an M.A. in theological studies from Wheaton College. Hisvaried ministry experiences include having served as an editor and freelancewriter for a number of Christian publications, and more than a decade in pastoralministries. “I’ve learned more from my many failures than from books,” he says.“But my greatest life-lesson has been that God’s grace is big enough even for me.” Dave brings academic and experiential dimensions to his classes in a waythat will make you smile and bring you insight.
©
Copyright 2008 David R. Leigh. Revised 2012. All rights reserved. Permission granted to reproduce for class purposes.
 
Class Objectives:
1.Learn how to hear God's Word
to the original recipients
of this epistle.2.Then hear, understand, and apply God's Word
to US 
through God's Word to them.3.Discover and explore key underlying background issues that will help us betteunderstand Galatians and the rest of the New Testament.4.Therefore becoming better “self-feeders” as Christ-followers.
Recommended Reading:
 How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
, Gordon D. Fee & Douglas Stuart (especially chp 3)
Genius of Genres—An Overview 
 
(Dave's hand-out/study companion to Fee & Stuart, above)
 How to Read the Bible Book By Book 
, Gordon D. Fee & Douglas Stuart (pp. 340-346)
 Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament 
, J. Julius Scott
The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible
, Scot McKnight
The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited 
, Scot McKnight
Outside Assignment:
Read the epistle through in three different translations (one sitting each).If you don't own three translations, you can read many online atwww.BibleGateway.com.Ideally you should choose one from each of the following categories:
a dynamic equivalent translation (e.g. TNIV, NIV, NLT)
a formal/literal translation (e.g., NASB, NKJV, NRSV)
a paraphrase (e.g. The Message, The Living Bible, J.B. Phillips' NT in Modern English).
 Remember:
The proper stance toward the Bible as the Word of God is always one of prayerful humility and expectation. As the Holy Spirit must be our Teacher, remember to pray beforereading, while reading, and after reading!
© Copyright 2008 David R. Leigh. Revised 2012. All rights reserved. Permission granted to reproduce for class purposes.
 
Introduction
The Two Horizons
1.Exegesis: “Their questions2.Hermeneutics: “Our questionsThe epistles were written to address first-century problems. The theology we pull from them for our questions is sometimes incidental to the writer's central purpose.For example, when we come to passages about things like slavery, meat sacrificed to idols, andcircumcision we often do one of three things:1.Skip over it (“not for us”)2.Spiritualize it (treating particulars as symbolic)3.Draw tenuous parallels (cf. slavery and employment), throwing away the heart of the contentWhat we
 should 
do is get ourselves inside the “horizon” of the first readers. Once we “get” God'sWord to them, we can discern God's Word to us and make applications.
Concerns Raised In Galatians
Galatians may be Paul's earliest epistle and certainly one of his angriest.1.Note Galatians 1:8-9 (curse = damned)2.Note Galatians 5:12, where Paul suggests the troublemakers should go all the way andcastrate themselves!3.Yet Paul stands in the solid tradition of the prophets and Jesus (cf. Matthew 23:15).
“At issue [in Galatians] is the question, Who are the true
children/seed 
of 
 Abraham
and thus true heirs of the
 promises
made to Abraham.” -- Fee & Stuart,
 How to Read the Bible Book By Book,
p 342

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