Understanding Paul’s view about the law is crucial in understanding theology. This is because Apostle Paul wrote most of the apostolic writings regarding law or Torah. Paul’ letter to the Galatians has been interpreted in varying perspectives. However, most people feel that the letter to the Galatians taught against the law. Most theologians have used scriptures from the Galatians to argue that Mosaic Law also referred to as the Torah was abolished and replace by the new covenant. Paul wrote the letter to the Galatians to address a problem that was occurring amongst them. However, the problems he intended to address are not mention in this letter. It thus becomes hard to determine the actual meaning of his answers. This paper focuses on analyzing Paul the Apostle's view of the Law/Torah in his letter to the Galatians. Overview of Law or Torah Among all Pauline epistles, Galatians is exceptional due to its focus on law. Paul attacks the Mosaic Law emotionally and attempts to persuade the Galatians against being bound by the law. The term law is used to refer to the norms used by a group of people to direct their conduct. Law can also be defined as a set of regulations as well as guidelines used to guide the behavior of people. Torah refers to the Mosaic Law or the laws that were established in the Old Testament. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, law is one of the most discussed issues. However, at some point, it is unclear if Paul supported the law or was opposed to it. The content of the letter suggests that Paul was writing to a gentile community that cared less about the Christian teaching. Therefore, the community was being influence by the Jewish teachers to follow the Jewish laws that were based on the Mosaic Law. However, the Jewish had adopted the Mosaic Law partially and were using it to condemn others, especially the gentiles (Rapa 7-11; Barrick 277-280; Schirrmacher 22-26). Galatians was a letter written by Apostle Paul and addressed to churches in Galatia, which are believed to have encompassed of gentiles trying to convert to Christianity. However, the Jews who insisted that the gentiles had to follow Mosaic laws, which included being circumcised for them to be considered true Christians, were challenging the gentiles. However, Paul’s teachings proposed that attainment of salvation was only possible through God’s grace. He was encouraging the Galatians to avoid the erroneous teachings by the Jewish leaders. Jews were somehow opposed to Paul’s teachings. Paul appears to have been warning the Galatians against following the Mosaic laws blindly as the Jews did. Paul interprets the Mosaic Law and points at the controversial issues in the law (Rapa 4-7). Paul’s Views about the Law in Galatians In his letter to the Galatians, Paul makes constant comparisons of the law righteousness and salvation. The main controversy regards the path that the Jews should follow to convert to Christianity. Most commentators view Paul’s arguments in Galatians as a depiction that law was bogus and could not aid Christians in attaining salvation. Paul starts by showing his dissatisfaction towards the teachings by some Jewish preachers who persuaded the gentiles to convert to Jewish for them to gain salvation. Jews alleged that obedience to the Mosaic Law was fundamental for salvation.
Table of Contents Table of Contents 1 Introduction 2 Conclusion 9 Paul the Apostle's Views of the Law/Torah in Galatians Introduction Christian and the law is one of the most debated issues in evangelism. Pauline epistles, which focus on the issue of law forms the bases used in understanding Christian law…
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