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Keys to Galatians: Collected Essays
Murphy-O'Connor, Jerome

Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2012 pp. xvi + 194. $24.95


Description: Over the course of five decades of scholarly work on the New Testament, Jerome Murphy-O’Connor has never been afraid to explore and question ideas that other scholars have simply presumed. In Keys to Galatians, he offers fresh perspectives on a rather neglected New Testament letter. This book includes new thinking on the origins of the letter and new insights into its purpose. The author explains why he dates the letter much earlier than most scholars and why Paul’s rhetorical technique should be considered nothing short of remarkable. He also explores illuminating hints about Paul’s personality. Murphy-O’Connor recognizes in Paul a notable openness to new ideas and what he calls “a daring strategy that would have been unthinkable for one less confident in his rhetorical skills.”

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Galatians, Literature


Review by Frank J. Matera
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Published 1/24/2014
Citation: Frank J. Matera, review of Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, Keys to Galatians: Collected Essays, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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