Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Heinsch, The Figure of Hagar in Ancient Judaism and Galatians (Mohr Siebeck)

NEW BOOK FROM MOHR SIEBECK: Ryan Heinsch. The Figure of Hagar in Ancient Judaism and Galatians. 2022. XIII, 262 pages. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 579. 89,00 € including VAT. sewn paper ISBN 978-3-16-161789-8.
Published in English.
To date, scholarly study of the allegory of Hagar and Sarah in Galatians 4:21–31 has not paid adequate attention to the way Paul's use of the story – chiefly in relation to the figure of Hagar – can be located within streams of ancient Jewish tradition. In this study, Ryan Heinsch fills this scholarly gap by considering Paul's allegorical portrayal of the figure of Hagar in Galatians 4:21–31 within the context of ancient Judaism. The author argues that Paul stands in continuity with – rather than against – ancient Judaism in that he, like other Jews in antiquity, portrays Hagar and her descendants as non-Jews. As a result, the author demonstrates further that Galatians 4:21–31 is not to be read as a polemic against Jews, Jewish Christ-followers, or the continuing validity of the Jewish law (as is common among interpreters), but rather, that Galatians 4:21–31 is an allegory Paul develops about the experience of gentiles in general and the once pagan Galatian gentiles in particular.

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