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No longer Male: Masculinity Struggles behind Galatians 3:28?

Brigitte W. Kahl

Title:
No longer Male: Masculinity Struggles behind Galatians 3:28?
Author(s):
Kahl, Brigitte W.
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Articles
Department(s):
Union Theological Seminary
Volume:
79
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Book/Journal Title:
Journal for the Study of the New Testament
Abstract:
Feminist and liberation oriented readings rather commonly have treated the baptismal formula of Gal. 3.26-28 as a kind of ET, a lovely lonely alien unhappily trapped in the hostile matter of a Pauline letter. While testifying to an egalitarian life practice in the congregations before, besides, and against Paul, it is considered to fit only loosely into the specific context of Galatians: Paul mainly quotes the baptismal unity of Jew and Greek as he wants to dissuade the Galatian Gentiles from getting circumcised as Jews. The emancipatory message, however, of slave/free and male/female becoming one in Christ—if it is emancipatory at all—is mostly irrelevant to the rest of the Galatian debate and to the patriarchal mindset of Paul in general.
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Brigitte W. Kahl, , No longer Male: Masculinity Struggles behind Galatians 3:28?, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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