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The Apostle Paul's epistle to the Galatians.

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What is the specific translation of “δωρεὰν” (“dorean”) in Gal 2:21? Did righteousness used to come by the law?

In Galatians 2:21 it reads: "εἰ γὰρ διὰ νόμου δικαιοσύνη, ἄρα Χριστὸς δωρεὰν ἀπέθανεν" Some translations are: Latin Vulgate: "si enim per legem iustitia ergo Christus **...
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Can we interpret the “Woman” of Revelation (12:1-2, 13, 17) as the “Israel of God” both of the Old and New Covenants?

The great symbolism of the "woman" in the Book of Revelation (chapter 12) seems to represent Israel both of the Old and New Covenants: Revelation 12:1-2: "A great sign appeared in ...
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What does Paul mean by the “Israel of God” (Galatians 6:16)?

In his Letter to the Galatians, Paul states the following: Galatians 6:16: "And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God" (emphasis added). ...
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Paraphrase translations NET and NLT rendering Galatians 3:3 “flesh” as “human effort”, is this justified?

Gal 3:3b NET "are you now trying to finish by human effort?" NLT "why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?" also some other paraphrase versions put it ...
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Law of God vs Law of Christ

The phrase "Law of Christ" appears only twice in the NT, namely, 1 Cor 9:21 & Gal 6:2. In the first of these, we read: To those without the law I became like one without the law (...
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Why do most modern Greek text editions drop “that ye should not obey the truth” in Gal 3:1?

When I saw the Greek for Gal 3:1 I was surprised to find how modern literal translations of ESV, NRSV, NASB seem to drop the clause τῇ ἀληθείᾳ μὴ πείθεσθαι (that ye should not obey the truth). For ...
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Law in Galatians 4:4-5

Is Gal. 4:4 saying that Christ was under law as a man or under the Law of Moses as a Jew? Both seem to be true. The former fits the context of verse 5 (the Galatians mainly being Gentiles), but the ...
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What Was the Messenger of Satan That Tormented Paul? [duplicate]

The apostle Paul describes being tormented by a "messenger of Satan": 2 Corinthians 12:7: “Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting ...
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In Christ - believers remain One (εἷς) non-ethnic genderless body [Galatians 3:27-28], unless it helps to be Jewish [Acts 21] or Roman [Acts 22]?

In Galatians 3:27-28 [NASB], Paul claims all baptized in Christ lose ethnicity and gender.

 [27] For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. [28] There is ...
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Christians don't circumcise their flesh, because baptism circumcised their flesh?

Based on the following verses - Are Christians required to circumcise their flesh or not? - "Paul" (Παῦλον) seems to contradict himself regarding circumcision. Colossians 2:11 "[11] and ...
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What is meant by “freedom in Christ” and “slavery” in Galatians 2:4?

Galatians 2:1-5 (ESV): Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. 2 I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately ...
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Is Ezekiel 20 talking about works-based salvation when it says “my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live”?

Ezekiel 20:13 (ESV): 13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness. They did not walk in my statutes but rejected my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live; and my ...
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Did Paul spend 3 years in Arabia or Damascus?

After Paul met Jesus, he arrived in Damasus. Galatians 1:17 I [Paul] did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus. 18 ...
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Acts 9 19b vs Galatians 1 16b

So I don't have any issue reconciling Acts 9 with Galatians one with regards to timelines or accuracy. The only thing I still struggle with that I'm hoping to get an answer on is the second part of ...
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Are men and women equal or not? Galatians 3:26-29 vs 1 Timothy 2:11-15

On the one hand, they appear to be equal: 26 For you are all sons and daughters of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with ...
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What does αποκαλυψαι tell us of Paul's received revelation in Galatians 1:15,16?

Paul says, in Galatians 1:15, 16 : οτε δε ευδοκησεν ο θεος ... αποκαλυψαι τον υιον αυτου εν εμοι [TR] But when it pleased God ... to reveal His Son in me [[KJV] The same word, αποκαλυψαι, is used ...
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What difference does Paul intend the Galatians to place on the changing of Peter's name from Cephas to Peter and back to Cephas?

In writing to the Galatians, Paul includes some historical material: 18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days. 19 But I saw none of the ...
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What does it mean to “not be subject to the law” in Galatians 5:18?

Galatians 5:13-26 (NRSV): 13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. ...
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Was the commandment to keep the Sabbath holy created at Mount Sinai and given to the Israelites only?

Exodus 31:12-17 (NIV) reads: 12 Then the Lord said to Moses, 13 “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may ...
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“When it pleased God”

Gal 1:15 But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased Is there anything in the literal or idiom Greek that would support a literal, preselected date? ...
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Who is Galatians 6:13 referring to?

Who is Galatians 6:13 referring to? Galatians 6:13 | NIV [13] Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the ...
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What does “selfish ambition” mean in Galatians 5:20?

In Galatians 5:19-21, Paul lists behaviors which keep humans from inheriting the Kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21 | NIV [19] The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and ...
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Does Galatians 1:7-9 refer to the Gnostic Gospels?

Does Galatians 1:7-9 refer to the Gnostic Gospels? Galatians 1:7-9 | NIV "Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. [8] But even if we ...
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In Galatians 6:5 what does “his own load” refer to?

In Galatians 6:5 does "his own load" refer to : the law of Christ (Leviticus 19:18)? Galatians 6:2-5 | NASB [2] Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. [3] For if ...
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What is the “the grace of God” which is not nullified in Galatians 2:21?

What is the "the grace of God" which is not nullified in Galatians 2:21? Galatians 2:21 | NASB "I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ ...
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Mark 14:36, Galatians 4:6 “ἀββᾶ ὁ πατήρ” what is the exact translation of the phrase?

Mark 14:36 "ἀββᾶ ὁ πατήρ". Galatians 4:6 "ἀββᾶ ὁ πατήρ". Romans 8:15 "ἀββᾶ, ὁ πατήρ". In Smith Van Dyk Arabic translation it is "يا أبا الآب". ...
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How does the OT quote in Galatians 4:27 relate to the situation in Galatia at that time?

Paul cited Isaiah 54:1 in Galatians 4:27 For it is written: "Be glad, barren woman, you who never bore a child; shout for joy and cry aloud, you who were never in labor; because more are the ...
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Abraham have 2 sons or only one? [duplicate]

The question is clear. Genesis 16:15. And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael. Genesis 21:1-3. And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord ...
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Is Paul contradicting himself about the observance of special days in Romans 14:5-6 and Galatians 4:8-11?

On the one hand, Paul seems to support both the observance and non-observance of special days as equally valid options in Romans 14:5-6 (NIV): 5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; ...
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Did Jesus create wine that the wedding guests got drunk on afterward?

In John 2:10 [Berean Literal Bible] and said, “Everyone serves the fine wine first, and then the cheap wine after the guests are drunk. But you have saved the fine wine until now!” In Galatians 5:21 ...
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Is the Sabbath part of the “special days and months and seasons and years” Paul is referring to in Galatians 4:10?

Galatians 4:8-11 (NIV) says: 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are ...
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Does Gal 1: 7-8 imply that angels can deviate from their designated mission while on earth?

We see St Paul writing to Galatians at Gal 1: 6-8 (NRSVCE): I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not ...
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Is there a conflict between these 3 verses - Galatians 1:18-20 & 2:1-2 & Acts 9:26-32?

background Paul asserts Galatians 1:18-20 that he saw none of the apostles except Cephas and James the Lord's brother. Acts 9:26-30 (27) But Barnabas brings Paul to the apostles and brought to the ...
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Is the James of Galatians 2:12 the same James as in Acts 15:13?

[Gal 2:12-13 NLT] (12) When he first arrived, he ate with the Gentile Christians, who were not circumcised. But afterward, when some friends of James came, Peter wouldn't eat with the Gentiles anymore....
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The Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV), 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Is the ...
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Why did God choose circumcision and Paul cancel it? [closed]

Genesis 17:9 — Then God said to Abraham, “Your responsibility is to obey the terms of the covenant. You and all your descendants have this continual responsibility. This is the covenant that you and ...
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What are the stigmata in Galatians 6:17?

Galatians 6:17 From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks [στίγματα] of Jesus. What did the Galatians understand as the στίγματα τοῦ Ἰησοῦ? What is its significance ...
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What's the difference between parable and allegory?

Matthew 13:10 English Standard Version Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables [παραβολή ]?” Galatians 4:24 English Standard Version Now this may be ...
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What does the clause ἐκ πίστεώς μου add to Habakkuk 2:4 LXX?

The NT leans very heavily on Habakkuk 2:4 and it is clear that it is not looking at the Hebrew, which reads like this: [Rom 1:17 NKJV] (17) For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith ...
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Could the law give life?

This is more of a semantic question, but I keep coming back to it and can't seem to come to a conclusion. Was the law able to give life? I know that Galatians 3:21-22 (and other places) tells us that ...
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Trying to understand the meaning/purpose when it comes to Psalm 45 use of the word “daughter”

Hebrews 1:5-9 (NASB) 5 For to which of the angels did He ever say, “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again, “I will be a Father to Him And He shall be a Son to Me”? ........................
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Who are 'those' in Galatians 4:4-5?

Galatians 4:4-5 NKJV 4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born[a] of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the ...
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Galatians 4:3,8,9,21; could we consider elements of the world as Principalities and Powers?

Galatians 4:3,8,9,21;Colossians 1:16, Colossians 2:15; Titus 3:1; Ephesians 6:12. Could we consider elements of the world as Principalities and Powers? Galatians 4:3,8,9,21 (DRB): 3So we also, when ...
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Why didn't Paul talk to Peter privately?

In Galatians 2 Paul describes a time when he rebuked Peter (Cephas) publicly: Galatians 2:11-14 (NIV): When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before ...
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Galatians 4:8, does this verse mean -by concept of dissent- that there are those who are by nature gods?

Galatians 4:8 (DRB): But then indeed, not knowing God, you served them, who, by nature, are not gods. The question is so simple: By the concept of dissent, does this verse mean that there are ...
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What is the meaning of “By” and “Ordained”?

Galatians 3:19, Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator....
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What does 'reveal his Son in me' convey of Paul's experience ? Galatians 1:15,16

οτε δε ευδοκησεν ο θεος ο αφορισας με εκ κοιλιας μητρος μου και καλεσας δια της χαριτος αυτου αποκαλυψαι τον υιον αυτου εν εμοι ινα ευαγγελιζωμαι αυτον εν τοις εθνεσιν ευθεως ου προσανεθεμην σαρκι και ...
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Since at Galatians 1:1 Father is appositional to θεός but Son is never in the NT, how does this make them θεός differently?

Since at Galatians 1:1 "Father" is appositional to θεός but "Son" is never in the NT, how does this make them θεός differently? Daniel Wallace says: it would be wrong to say &...
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Equality or Oneness?

Galatians 3:28 (NIV) 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. This Scripture is mostly used as proof text for ...
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Galatians 3:19 Moses communication with God

Did not God directly, but God via an angel talk to Moses on the mount Sinai? Is there anyone other than Paul explaining this was communication from God through angels?