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Why the Apostle Opposes Circumcision in Galatians

By Phillip Ross

What is Paul’s view of circumcision and why is he opposed to it in Galatians?  This article seeks to answer this by looking at the entire corpus of thought in the Acts narratives and Paul’s other writings on circumcision.  This paper proposes that Paul’s expression against circumcision in Galatians is a response to his opponents’ view of circumcision as it related to Gentiles and their relationship to the law.  Biblical backgrounds behind circumcision will be explored along with the various Jewish views on circumcision and what constituted proper conversion for Gentiles.  Along with this Paul’s opponents will be briefly discussed, although this is beyond the scope of this topic, even though it is related.  Primary texts to be taken into consideration are Galatians 2:3, 5:2-3 and 6:13.  Finally implications for believers today will be discussed.

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Phillip Ross attends Beth Yeshua Messianic Jewish Congregation in Ft. Forth Texas.  Phillip is working towards a theological degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  

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