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Übergemeindliche Verbindungen im Urchristentum nach dem Galaterbrief

Christoph W. Stenschke
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 4 | a4914 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i4.4914 | © 2018 Christoph W. Stenschke | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 January 2018 | Published: 20 November 2018

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Christoph W. Stenschke, Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies, University of South Africa, South Africa

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While many studies of early Christianity mention translocal links as one of the significant characteristics of early Christian communities, these links have not been examined in detail. The present article provides a brief survey of research and discusses the significance of such links. It then examines in detail the evidence for such links in Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. The article is the first examination of the direct and indirect translocal links in Galatians and of their function in the letter. A final section draws out the implications of understanding early Christianity.


Galatians; Paul; apostle; early Christian communities; ancient associations; translocal links


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