|Malan, Jacob Petrus
|Thesis (Ph.D. (Church and Dogma History))--North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 2008.
|The overall aim of the research is to construct the socio–historical context of
diaqh/k/kh in Galatians 3:15–18 and to understand Paul’s argument to the Galatians
better. The construction of the socio–historical context of diaqh/k/kh in Galatians
3:15–18, and of Paul and the first addressees is necessary for a valid construction
of the socio–historical context of diaqh/k/kh. The determination of the context
contributes to a valid interpretation of Paul’s argument in Galatians 3:15–18.
The current trend in the research of Galatians 3:15–18, and on the diaqh/k/kh is
addressed. The judicial trends in the first century’s Greek, Roman, and Jewish
judicial systems are discussed. All the customs in these cultures are changeable
and do not fit the requirements of the criteria that Paul has set up in Galatians
3:15. The customs for entering into the covenant in the Old Testament are
researched because "covenant" is a possible translation of diaqh/k/kh.
The research subsequently discusses the customs on inheritance laws in the
New Testament and the use of diaqh/k/kh in the New Testament. The rhetorical
argument of Paul in Galatians is discussed to determine which sociohistorical
context would fit diaqh/k/kh the best.
The research concludes with a construction of the sociohistirical context of
diaqh/k/kh in Galatians 3:15–18. The conclusion is that the covenant between
human parties is the best possible context for diaqh/k/kh in Galatians 3:15–18. It
makes most sense in Paul’s argument to the Galatians.
|Die sosiohistoriese konteks van diathêkê in Galasiërs 3:15–18