Re: "Don't curse": but Paul does! :(

David B. Gowler (
Mon, 18 Mar 1996 08:27:10 -1100

> I get the feeling that if one disagreed with Paul more than once, then one
> was thrown out of his "circle", or rather "cursed out." Maybe the tone of
> Galatians is as sharp as it is because he is just responding in rage with
> moments of ingenious interpretation thrown in here and there while the
> opponents really have won in discrediting Paul and circumcising Gentiles.
> Sorry for the length. Hoping for some thoughts. Please post to me privately
> as well because I'm in digest mode here and would like to get any responses
> outside the digest.

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THE RHETORIC OF CURSE IN GALATIANS by Kjell Arne Morland was just
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texts, Philo, and other places in order to compare Paul's use of the


David B. Gowler
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Associate Professor of Religion
Chowan College