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Mission and ethics in Galatians

Jacobus Kok
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 1 | a896 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i1.896 | © 2011 Jacobus Kok | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 June 2010 | Published: 11 April 2011

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Jacobus Kok, Department of New Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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In this article, it is investigated how the concepts identity, ethics and ethos interrelate, and how the ethics of the Pauline communities in Galatians functioned against the background of the missionary context of the early church. The author argued that the missionary dimension originated in the context of the missio Dei, and that God called Paul as a missionary to be taken up in the latter. The missionary process did not end with Paul, but was designed to be carried further by believers who should be, by their very nature, missionary. In the process, the author investigated how the transformation of identity (the understanding of self, God and others) leads to the creation of ethical values and how it is particularised in different socioreligious and cultural contexts in the development of the early church. The author argued that there is an implicit missionary dimension in the ethics of Paul in Galatians. In the process, it is argued that those who want to speak of ethics should make something of mission, and those who speak of mission in Galatians, should speak about the role of identity, ethics and ethos in the letter.


Paul; ethics; mission; Galatians


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