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The Flesh - Spirit Conflict in Galatians - Walter Bo Russell

The Flesh - Spirit Conflict in Galatians

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This book questions the long-standing and pervasive view that "flesh" is a force within the life of the Christian that he or she must continually struggle against and overcome only by choosing to walk in the power of God's "Spirit." This internal dualism between the forces of "flesh" and "Spirit" emerges as both a central paradigm for the spiritual life and a major construct in approaching Paul's theology. It is the central thesis of this book that this internal dualism, while accurate in some respects, is nonetheless significantly flawed in viewing "flesh" and "Spirit" as an internal polarity. Contents: ^I The Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Theology, Lexicography and History; A Rhetorical Analysis of Galatians and the Flesh/Spirit Conflict; The Social Dynamics of the Flesh/Spirit Conflict; A Thematic Analysis of the Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Galatians; The Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Galatians 5:13-26; The Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Galatians 6:1-18; Some Conclusions about the Flesh/Spirit Conflict; Works Cited; Index of Scripture References.

Russell sets himself to the worthy scholarly aim of emphasizing and elaborating the significance of the social dimension of the ancient personality for the interpretation of Galatians.--Charles H. Cosgrove, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Brookfield, IL "Review of Biblical Literature "

List of Abbreviationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Theology, Lexicograpy and Historyp. 1
The Central Thesisp. 1
A Summary of this Studyp. 4
The Traditional Theological Understandingp. 5
The Traditional Lexicographyp. 8
The Identity of Paul's Opponentsp. 11
Conclusionp. 31
Notesp. 32
A Rhetorical Analysis of Galatians and the Flesh/Spirit Conflictp. 35
Introductionp. 35
A Description of Rhetorical Analysisp. 36
The Procedure of Rhetorical Analysisp. 39
Stages 1-4 in the Rhetorical Analysis of Galatiansp. 40
Previous Rhetorical Analyses of Galatiansp. 44
Stages 5-6 in the Rhetorical Analysis of Galatiansp. 53
Conclusionp. 65
Notesp. 66
The Social Dynamics of the Flesh/Spirit Conflictp. 87
The Basic Social Dynamics of the Galatian Crisisp. 87
The Dyadic Personality and the Sociological Thinkingp. 90
The Central Values of Honor and Shamep. 94
The Significance of God's Fatherhoodp. 98
The Competing Views of Kinship with God in Galatiap. 100
The Contrasting Emphases on Purity in Galatiap. 104
Conclusionp. 109
Notesp. 112
A Thematic Analysis of the Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Galatiansp. 119
The Foreshadowing of the Antithesis: Gal 2:15-21p. 119
The Establishing of the SARX/PNEUMA Antithesis: Gal 3:1-5p. 122
Additional Occurrences of PNEUMATIp. 125
The Enriching of the SARX/PNEUMA Antithesis in Gal 3-6p. 130
The Alleged Transformation of the SARX/PNEUMA Antithesis in Gal 5-6p. 133
Conclusionp. 137
Notesp. 138
The Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Galatians 5:13-26p. 143
Galatians 5:13-15 and 5:25-26p. 143
Galatians 5:16-18p. 150
Galatians 5:19-24p. 159
Conclusionp. 166
Notesp. 167
The Flesh/Spirit Conflict in Galatians 6:1-18p. 171
Galatians 6:1-10p. 171
Galatians 6:11-18 - The Postscript or Epiloguep. 185
Conclusionp. 193
Notesp. 194
Some Conclusions about the Flesh/Spirit Conflictp. 201
A Summary of this Book's Argumentationp. 201
The Need for Further Study of the SARX/PNEUMA Antithesis in Other Pauline Epistlesp. 214
The SARX/PNEUMA Antithesis in Non-Judaistic Passagesp. 214
The SARX/PNEUMA Antithesis in Judaistic Passagesp. 220
Notesp. 225
Works Citedp. 227
Index of Scripture Referencesp. 273
Index of Authorsp. 285
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ISBN: 9780761807988
ISBN-10: 0761807985
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: July 1997
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.0  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.39