N. T. Wright on the Book of Galatians and Ethnic Identity
N.T. Wright may well be the most influential New Testament scholar of our generation, and is certainly the most influential evangelical in that category. He sat down with Jerry to discuss his fresh-off-the-press commentary on Galatians (https://www.eerdmans.com/Products/2560/galatians.aspx). Wright restores Paul’s writing to its original historical and political context, showing that Galatians addresses a time very much like our own, in which Christians were tempted to distort their theology and practice out of fear of persecution, and also a time when clashes over ethnic identity threatened to destroy both Church and society. Galatians, the epistle, points to the true solution. Galatians, the commentary, will help you understand how.
0:00 – Intro
1:06 – Wright’s new commentary on Galatians
5:31 – How Galatians can answer racial conflict
9:04 – Neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free
13:53 – The role of the old law
16:43 – Are all distinctions done away with?
20:51 – Galatians and Abolitionism
25:20 – The autobiography of Paul, and the Jewish exemption
33:37 – The Messiah and his people
39:06 – How the Messiah bears the curse of Torah
49:30 – A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
51:57 – Applying Galatians to ethnic conflict
56:00 – A third race
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