In Galatians, the apostle Paul makes his most passionate and direct appeal for a gospel free of ethnic or ritual exclusion. Paul's gospel is that of salvation through Christ alone--in him there is "neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." By placing Paul's discussion firmly within its historical context, R. Alan Cole illuminates the potency and power of Paul?s message to the Galatian church.
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Author's Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Who were the Galatians?
Why was the Letter Written?
When was the Letter Written?
Why did the Galatians Fall Away So Soon?
What is Theologically Central to the Letter?
The Validity of Paul's Argument from Experience
Important Issues in the Letter
The Meaning of Pneuma (5:16)
The "Kingdom of God" (5:21)