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Bibil Identifier bibil:217774
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Galatians 5:12
Title (English, ) Circumcision, the Mother Goddess, and the Scandal of the Cross
Author Edwards, James R.
Journal Novum Testamentum. An International Quarterly for New Testament and Related Studies (Volume: 53, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 319-337 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Various metaphorical interpretations of Gal 5:12 were advanced in the patristic period, and continue, in part, to the present day. Modern commentators generally favor more literal interpretations, although few of them regard Gal 5:12 as significant for the development of the argument of Galatians. A review of the Mother Goddess cult in Roman Galatia, however, shows the relevance of the sarcastic imagery of 5:12 to the social setting of Galatians. In light of that relevance, the argument of Galatians is revisited, revealing that those who ascribe an essential role in salvation to circumcision are as mistaken and offensive as were emasculated priests in the Cybele cult.
DOI DOI:10.1163/156853611X578275
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Religion : Mysteries (Cults)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Letters of Paul : Galatians
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Circumcision
Pericopes Galatians 5,12
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