Paul's Letter to the Galatians

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"The Letter of Paul to the Galatians" was written to the churches of Galatians, and shows Paul's conflict with the other missionaries regarding whether gentile converts should have to perform the ceremonial practices of the Old Testament. Paul writes to persuade the Galatians in his letter, in a passionate and almost angry approach and criticizes those who are teaching in this false way. He declares that he has the authority of a true apostle, and stressed that he once persecuted Christians but then converted once Jesus appeared to him. His main argument states that a man is justified with God by faith in Christ and not by the performance of good deeds, ritual observances, and the like. Through careful examination of "The Letter of Paul to the Galatians," I will be providing an in depth analysis of Paul's arguments as well as taking it upon myself to further make clear and propose that adhering to Jewish law prior to gentile convergence is believed to be unnecessary and that it is not through law, but rather faith that justification is attainable.

At the beginning of the letter Paul defends his reliability as an apostle. He speaks about his former life of Judaism and how he persecuted the Christian Church, however, then converted once Jesus appeared to him. Paul continues his speech on how he is a rightful messenger of the Lord by stating that he did not get his gospel from a man, not even from the Christian apostles at Jerusalem. He declared that he had very little contact with the apostles at Jerusalem, and went to Jerusalem only once and merely saw the apostle Peter for fifteen days and James for only a small amount of time (Galatians 1:18-19). It is essential for Paul to...