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Title: Abrahamic Descent, Testamentary Adoption, and the Law in Galatians: Differentiating Abraham�s Sons, Seed, and Children of Promise
Author: Trick, Bradley R
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2016
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004323698
Volumes: 1; Pages:
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In this volume, Bradley R. Trick argues that Hellenistic testamentary adoption provides the key to understanding Abrahamic descent and its implications for the law in Galatians. By thoroughly analyzing the Greco-Roman and Jewish contexts of Paul's references to testaments/covenants (diathekai) and adoption, Trick establishes that Gal 3-4 portrays the Abrahamic diatheke as a Hellenistic testament through which God adopts Abraham. This insight enables a coherent and collectively consistent interpretation of Paul's Abrahamic appeals to emerge, one in which "sons" (3:7) designates Jews, "children of promise" (4:28) designates gentiles, and "seed" designates Christ (3:16) and the interdependent union of Jews and gentiles in Christ (3:29). The need to preserve the singularity of this seed then grounds God?s giving of the law.