A look at Galatians 1:1-9
Paul’s Greeting and Introduction — Paul’s brief opening includes a greeting (vv 1–5), after which he addresses the crisis in the Galatian churches (vv 6–9).
A Note on Ancient Letters
Ancient letters customarily began with:
- The identity of the sender
- The identity of the recipient(s)
- Expressions of wishes for health and prosperity for the recipient(s).
Many of these elements, of which Paul used in the greetings of his letters, are present here (e.g., “grace and peace”), but this is probably the most muted of all of Paul’s greetings to churches: there is no thanksgiving or reference to the Galatians’ faith, hope, or love which Paul usually included.
1 Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead—
- Paul immediately identifies himself as an apostle. He goes on to emphasize that the title apostle was not given…
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