The Irony of Galatians by Mark D. Nanos The Irony of Galatians: Paul's Letter in First-Century Context
by Mark D. Nanos

Paperback (November 1, 2001) 
Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN: 0800632141

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Book Description: After taking on traditional interpretations of Romans in The Mystery of Romans, Nanos now turns his attention to the Letter to the Galatians. A primary voice in reclaiming Paul in his Jewish context, Nanos challenges the previously dominant views of Paul as rejecting his Jewish heritage and the Law. Where Paul’s rhetoric has been interpreted to be its most anti-Jewish, Nanos instead demonstrates the implications of an intra-Jewish reading. He explores the issues of purity; insiders/outsiders; the character of “the gospel”; the relationship between groups of Christ-followers in Jerusalem, Antioch, and Galatia; and evil-eye accusations.

Our Comments: Put your thinking-cap on! Not an easy read, heavily footnoted.

The Galatians Debate by Mark D. Nanos The Galatians Debate: Contemporary Issues in Rhetorical and Historical Interpretation
by Mark D. Nanos

Hardcover (November 1, 2002) 
Hendrickson Publishers
ISBN: 1565634683

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Introduction, Mark D. Nanos
Part 1. Rhetorical and Epistolary Genre:
A. Rhetorical Approaches:
  1. The Literary Composition and Function of Paul's Letter to the Galatians, Hans Dieter Betz
  2. The Rhetorical Outline for Galatians: A Reconsideration, Robert G. Hall
  3. The Letter of Paul to the Galatians: A Deliberative Speech, Joop Smit
  4. Galatians (1:1-5): Paul and Greco-Roman Rhetoric, Robert M. Berchman
  5. Apostasy to Paganism: The Rhetorical Stasis of the Galatian Controversy, Troy Martin
  6. Paul's Epistles and Ancient Greek and Roman Rhetoric, Carl Joachim Classen

B. Epistolary Approaches
  1. Paul's Letter to the Galatians: Epistolary Genre, Content, and Structure, Nils A. Dahl
  2. A Paradigm of the Apocalypse: The Gospel in the Light of Epistolary Analysis, G. Walter Hansen

Part 2: Autobiographical Narratives:
A. Rhetorical Approaches
  1. Rhetorical Identification in Paul's Autobiographical Narrative: Galatians 1.13-2.14, Paul E. Koptak
  2. Paul's Argumentation in Galatians 1-2, Johan S. Vos
  3. Epideictic Rhetoric and Persona in Galatians One and Two, James D. Hester

B. Socio-historical Approaches
  1. The Incident at Antioch (Gal. 2.11-18), James D. G. Dunn
  2. Judaism, the Circumcision of Gentiles, and Apocalyptic Hope: Another Look at Galatians 1 and 2, Paula Fredriksen
  3. Making and Breaking an Agreement Mediterranean Style: A New Reading of Galatians 2:1-14, Philip F. Esler
  4. What Was at Stake in Peter's `Eating with Gentiles' at Antioch? Mark D. Nanos

Part 3: The Galatian Situation(s)
  1. The Opposition to Paul, A. E. Harvey
  2. The Agitators and the Galatian Congregation, Robert Jewett
  3. A Law-Observant Mission to Gentiles, J. Louis Martyn
  4. Paul and the Opponents of the Christ-Gospel in Galatia, Nikolaus Walter
  5. Mirror-Reading a Polemical Letter: Galatians as a Test Case, John M. G. Barclay
  6. The Argumentative Situation of Galatians, B. C. Lategan
  7. The Inter- and Intra-Jewish Political Context of Paul's Letter to the Galatians, Mark D. Nanos
  8. Foolish Galatians?-A Recipient-Oriented Assessment of Paul's Letter, Dieter Mitternacht

Great resource: Author Mark Nanos' website.


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