Analysis Of The Article ' The Pericope Of Galatians 2 : 15-21

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The pericope of Galatians 2:15-21 is the thesis of the entire letter to the early Christian communities in Galatia (Furnish 1971). It begins after Paul greets the people of Galatia. The people of Galatia have been visited by missionaries who still insist that the laws must still be adhered to especially the laws of circumcision causing confusion in the people. Peter had drawn away from the gentiles over purity issues and this was still greatly on Paul’s mind in writing to the Galatians (Furnish 1971). So, Paul wants to clarify that justification only comes through faith in Christ not through the works of the law. After this pericope, Paul constructs his argument to flesh out what Paul states in these few verses. This pericope gives the…show more content…
His point would be an ethnic exclusivity that he was against in speaking against works of the law. Looking back to Antioch at Peter’s behavior in which Paul refers to in speaking about Peter, Peter was not doing good works but was trying to put a boundary between his self and the Gentiles (Colossians 2:8-15, Do Not Be Captured by Human Tradition 2000). It is in the key words we see the purpose of this writing, to discuss justification by works of the law by maintaining the observances of the covenant people or justification by faith in Christ, in what Christ did for one and for all.
In the NRSV there are textual variants listed. These textual variants change the meaning in the verses in which they appear. In verse 16 the text says ‘faith in Jesus Christ’ however the variant says, ‘the faith of Jesus Christ’. The prepositions are in question here causing the meanings to be different for each phrase. ‘Faith in Jesus Christ’ would mean one would need to actively have faith in Christ. But in the phrase ‘the faith of Jesus Christ’ would mean Jesus was the one with the faith. Another interpretation even has a different phrase in verse 16, the Common English Version (CEB) says, ‘the faithfulness of Christ’ which would entail Jesus’
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