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Anti-Judaism in Galatians?: Exegetical Studies on a Polemical Letter and on Paul's Theology
Bachmann, Michael
Brawley, Robert, translator

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008 pp. xiii + 234. $45.00


Description: Several modern interpretations of Paul's letter to the Galatians claim to uncover an underlying attitude of anti-Judaism. Michael Bachmann refutes those claims with his own detailed exegesis and astute examination of comparative material from the religious environment of that day, revealing instead how Paul embraces both Jews and Gentiles. Bachmann holds that, in the determination of meaning, the literary context of Galatians should be considered over historical background. Nonetheless, he does engage parallels in Qumran material and archaeology as secondary methods to confirm his exegetical arguments. Through his rigorous examination, Bachmann shows that Galatians exhibits evidence of anti-Judaism not in itself, but only in its reception. Rich in scholarship and sound exegesis, Anti-Judaism in Galatians? is an ideal text for scholars and students seeking the whole truth about Paul.

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

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Review by Kevin McCruden
Published 4/3/2010
Citation: Kevin McCruden, review of Michael Bachmann, Anti-Judaism in Galatians?: Exegetical Studies on a Polemical Letter and on Paul's Theology, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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