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Galatians Re-Imagined: Reading With the Eyes of the Vanquished
Kahl, Brigitte

Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress, 2010 pp. xxx + 413. $29.00

Series Information
Paul in Critical Contexts


Description: Brigitte Kahl brings to this insightful reading of Galatians a deep knowledge of the classical world and especially of Roman imperial ideology. The first wave of scholarship on the Roman imperial context of Paul's letters raised important questions that only thorough treatments of individual letters can answer. Kahl sets the letter to the Galatians in the context of Roman perceptions of vanquished peoples as represented in the Great Altar at Pergamum. Beginning with a perceptive discussion of the Great Altar, Kahl describes imperial representations of Roman power as well as the characteristics officially imputed to conquered peoples, including the "savage" Galatians (Gauls).

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

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Review by Eric Noffke
Published 1/17/2011
Citation: Eric Noffke, review of Brigitte Kahl, Galatians Re-imagined: Reading With the Eyes of the Vanquished, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


Review by Vernon K. Robbins
Published 7/17/2010
Citation: Vernon K. Robbins, review of Brigitte Kahl, Galatians Re-Imagined: Reading With the Eyes of the Vanquished, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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