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Seon Yong Kim

Curse Motifs in Galatians

An Investigation into Paul's Rhetorical Strategies

[Fluch-Motive im Galaterbrief. Eine Untersuchung zu Pauls rhetorischen Strategien.]

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What are Paul's rhetorical strategies to affect the Galatian believers? Seon Yong Kim shows how Paul uses heavy employment of the curse theme, complex appropriation of Scripture, and a thoroughly negative caricature of his opponents in order to agitate the mind and emotions of the Galatians and thereby dissuade them from the demand of circumcision.
Paul's complex argumentation for dissuading the Galatians from the demand of circumcision is to be understood in light of ancient (both Jewish and »pagan«) rhetorical strategies that were commonly employed in agonistic discourse. Seon Yong Kim shows how Paul inevitably yet ingeniously adopted the curse themes, including a thoroughly negative picture of the Jewish law (»curse of the law«) in order to agitate the mind and emotions of the Galatians and thereby dissuade them from the demand of circumcision. Because playing on the audience's fear was considered one of the most powerful tools for persuasion in ancient rhetoric, his contention was tailored and contextualized to become a shot aimed at agitating the pathos of his audience. Harnessing their fear of curses and their (former) religious formalism, Paul's intention was to win the minds of his audience from the grip of his opponents, who enjoyed a far better argumentative position.
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Seon Yong Kim Born 1972; holds a doctorate in Biblical Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School and taught at McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago, USA), Soongsil University (Seoul, South Korea), and Nehemiah Institute for Christian Studies (Seoul, South Korea); currently an independent scholar.

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