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June 17, 2018 @ 12:15 pm
Freedom and the Law in Paul’s Letters
In this lecture, we turn to Paul’s letters to the Galatians and the Romans, which are concerned with issues of freedom and law. In Paul’s context, the question of freedom had to do with the significance of the message about Jesus. He understood that the message opened up a new relationship with God and brought people into a community that shared a common faith. For Paul, all that was liberating, but it also raised issues that were not easy to resolve, including conflict within Christian communities and how people would direct their lives. A related question was whether that directing would be done by the Jewish law. Paul’s letters to the Galatians and Romans address these issues.