Based on a precise textual reading this course will reconstruct Paul's arguably most influential letter both in its original context and in some of its hermeneutical “mutations” throughout church history, e.g. during the time of the Reformation or in contemporary philosophy. We will explore the concept of religious Otherness (Jews versus Gentiles) at the center of the Galatian crisis in its intersectionality with colonial rule, race/ethnicity, gender and ecology. Can Paul’s signature theology of justification by faith be reconciled with justice and again become an intervention into the hierarchical and exclusivist paradigms of empire today? How might Paul’s global mission among the “Gentiles” be re-imagined as the movement of an Earth-inclusive messianic commonality that “queers” all existing polarities of Self and Other (Gal 3:28)?
- Professor: Brigitte W Kahl