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Socio-Historical Context of Paul's Confrontation in Galatians and Christian Identity in a Pluralistic Society
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Ashok Ram Rana.
Bibliographical Details xxiv, 183 p. 23 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351481921
ISBN-13 9789351481928, 978-9351481928
Year of Publication 2017.
Series Biblical Hermeneutics Rediscovered - 5.
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This book proposes to draw significance of eating together that becomes discernible from the texts. As Paul confronts the issue at Antioch, he stresses certain concerns pertaining to social, religious and ethnic identity in Galatians. Also, Paul's argument focuses on Jewish Law and how does it function in the lives of the both Jewish Christians and non-Jewish Christians.

This book has several purposes: the first objective is to understand why Paul confronted to Peter at Antioch. Secondly, in the setting of Antioch's scene, how Paul emphatically declares both his independence from the Jerusalem apostles and the fact that, when they did meet, they agreed on the substance of the gospel and divided their areas of work. Thirdly, how eating together and socio-culture, religious issues related to it affect the identity of individual and community both in Galatians and Indian Context. Fourthly, to understand Christological and missiological framework of Paul and to relocate and redefine the Christian identity in pluralistic Context based on Paul's Gentile Mission. Finally, who serves the best model/example of Christian identity in India, Paul or Peter?

All of Paul's confrontations and arguments entreat the church as a community of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ where he focuses on individual liberty. The mutual upbuilding and upholding corporate identity as believers in Christ are the main crux of Paul's confrontation with Peter.






1. Historical and Socio-Cultural Context of Paul's Conformation in Galatians


     1.1 Destination of Galatians

     1.2 Confrontation

     1.3 Historical Account of Confrontation in Biblical History

     1.4 Social Sciences and Galatians' Context

     1.5 Religious-Political and Socio-Cultural Issues in Galatians

     1.6 The Concept of Ecclesiology in Paul

     1.7 Jerusalem Council and its Impact on Galatians Christian Community

     1.8 Arguments for the Identity Between Galatians 2:1-10 and Acts 11:27-30 and 12:25

     1.9 Paul's Experience : Conversion or Call?


2. Socio-Cultural Approach to Galatians 2 and Other Related Texts


     2.1 Paul's Argument and its Context in Gal: 1:1-11

     2.2 Paul's Exposure of Peter's Eating Habits (vv 11-14a)

     2.3 Paul's Response to Peter's Attitude (vv 14b-21)

     2.4 Historical Analysis of the Incident at Antioch

     2.5 Evaluation of Texts

     2.6 The Limits of Table-Fellowship in the Judaism of the Late Second Temple Period

     2.7 Theology of Ethics in Paul


3. Pauline Christological and Missiological Framework and His Gentiles Mission


     3.1 The Origins of Paul's Christology

     3.2 Paul's Conversion/ Call and Early Christian Tradition

     3.3 The Narrative Framwork of Paul's Christology

     3.4 The Divinity and Humanity of Jesus Christ in Paul's Christology

     3.5 The Significance of the Resurrection

     3.6 Christ as the Image of God

     3.7 Paul's Christology in His Thought World

     3.8 Soteriology

     3.9 Paul's Mission to Jews and Non-Jews : A Theological Debate

     3.10 Law and its Significance at Antioch

     3.11 The New Perspective on Paul

     3.12 Some Critiques of NPP


4. Reinterpreting Paul's Confrontation with Peter in the Light of Redefinition of Christian Identity in a Pluralistic Context


     4.1 Religious Pluralism in India

     4.2 Caste System and its Impact on Society

     4.3 Hindu Nationalism and its Ideology

     4.4 Eating Habits in India and Socio-Cultural Dynamism

     4.5 Christian Identity in India

     4.6 Paul's Corporate Christological and Soteriological Framework and Model of Pauline Christianity among Converts in North India

     4.7 Salvation and Grace

     4.8 Who will be Saved?

     4.9 The Process of Salvation

     4.10 Discrimination within the Church and Model of Petrine Christianity

     4.11 Religious Freedom and Christianity in India

     4.12 A Socio-Cultural Search for Christian Identity in Pluralistic Context

     4.13 The Story and Doctrine of Lord's Supper : An Archetype for Christian Identity

     4.14 Best Example for Christian Identity in India : Paul or Peter

     4.15 Implications


5. General Conclusion


Ashok Ram Rana hails from Chimmabass which is located between Saharanpur and Dehradun. He has done M. A. in English literature and after receiving Lord Jesus Christ as personal Saviour, he completed his B.D. and M.TH in New Testament from the United Theological College, Bangalore. Currently, he is teaching in South India Biblical Seminary and serves as a Pastor in Bangalore Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bangalore. He is married to Anita Patil Ram Rana and they are blessed with two daughters; Apoorva Ram Rana and Ashank Ram Rana.

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