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Community-Identity Construction in Galatians: Exegetical, Social-Anthropological and Socio-Historical Studies

Community-Identity Construction in Galatians: Exegetical, Social-Anthropological and Socio-Historical Studies

Atsuhiro Asano

| T&T Clark | 2005

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The issue of community-identity construction in Galatians is considered using two methods: first, by applying anthropological theories to the mechanism and natures of community-identity and its construction, and second, by comparing the Galatian community with another minority religious community.

Asano argues that Paul’s effort at identity construction is partially conditioned by his self-awareness as an autonomous apostle and by the external pressures of the significant groups elsewhere. Paul’s conflict is understood as a conflict between the ethno-centered and the ‘instrumental mode’ of community constructions, the latter of which is free from the constraints of core ethnic sentiment.

Atsuhiro Asano received his PhD from Oxford University and is Assistant Professor at Nihon University as well as adjunct lecturer at Tokyo Christian University.