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South Africa and Paul’s Letter to the Galatians: A Struggle with Ethnicity and Race

Cloete, G. Daan
June 4, 2015

Source: (2000) Race and Reconciliation in South Africa: A Multicultural Dialogue in Comparative Perspective. Ed. by William E. Van Vugt & G. Daan Cloete. Lanham: Lexington Books.1-18.

Cloete delves into the implications of Paul’s letter to the Galatians for race relations. He argues that Paul’s words are meant to expose theological and ethnic prejudices that Jews had against Gentiles so that he can argue for the equality of Jews and Gentiles in Jesus Christ. Evolving past these old views and identifying with brotherhood in Christ allows a new identity beyond race and a new morality beyond legalism to develop. Thus, Paul implicates prejudiced race relations but also suggests that healing and growth beyond a fractured ethnic backdrop is possible.


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