Hearing Galatians in translation and out of context, it’s tempting to conclude that St. Paul is arguing for some new alternative to the teaching of Old Testament; but for those who make an effort to hear the text in context, it becomes quickly clear that Paul’s letter is not only reading and explaining — but applying — the Torah to the church in Galatia. At the center of this wrangle is Jerusalem’s misreading of the meaning of circumcision in Genesis. In their discussion of Galatians 5, Richard and Fr. Marc compare the abuse of circumcision in Genesis 34 with it’s misuse at the hands of Peter and James.
(Episode 98; “Pippin the Hunchback” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)
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