Yolk of Bondage Essay

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BEING FREED FROM THE YOLK OF BONDAGE: SOCIO-CULTURAL TEXTURE ANALYSIS OF GALATIANS 5: 1-12 BEING FREED FROM THE YOLK OF BONDAGE: SOCIO-CULTURAL TEXTURE ANALYSIS OF GALATIANS 5: 1-12 Abstract The new Gentile believers in Galatia were falling prey to rival teachers, believed to be Judaizers, and Paul wrote to them to inform them that they were no longer under the yolk of bondage of the Torah but had new life in the Spirit through Christ. By using socio-rhetorical criticism with the socio-cultural texture to study this passage, a better understanding of the social and cultural aspects that produced the Galatians thoughts and attitudes, helps leaders serve more effectively. Usages of the special social topics show that four discourses set the texture of Galatians 5 with the Reformist, Conversionist, Gnostic manipulation, and Thaumaturgic. The analysis of the family and patron topics and the special cultures help to determine the state of mind of the Galatians and the home and way of thinking set the stage for Paul to present his arguments in a manner that is conducive for all in sharing the truth about being free to live in the Spirit. Paul demonstrates acts of servant leadership in his discourses with the Galatians and shows leaders of today how to be servant leaders. BEING FREED FROM THE YOLK OF BONDAGE: SOCIO-CULTURAL TEXTURE ANALYSIS OF GALATIANS 5: 1-12 Introduction In Galatians 5 the thesis statements occur in both 5:1 and 5:13 (KJV) - “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage”. “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love, serve one another.” It is not easy being a Christian and living in a secular world with moral and ethical issues that contradict Christian values. In Galatians 5:1-12
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