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Kahl, Brigitte

Works: 11 works in 49 publications in 2 languages and 586 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: BS2685.52, 227.406
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Most widely held works by Brigitte Kahl
Galatians re-imagined : reading with the eyes of the vanquished by Brigitte Kahl( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brigitte Kahl brings to this insightful reading of the Galatians a deep knowledge of the classical world and a keen eye, and ear, for the themes of Roman imperial ideology. Ranging over the history of Roman interactions with the Gallic/Galatian peoples, perceptions of Galatian savagery, and representations of defeated Gauls/Galatians, Kahl gives particular attention to the symbol of the Great Altar of Pergamon and its codes of cultural conflict. She shows that themes of imperial propaganda--order v. lawlessness, civilization vs. barbarity, harmony vs. anarchy--echo in Paul's letter and highlight the deep issues at stake in the Galatian crisis. Paul's struggle is motivated not by Jewish antagonists but by Galatian anxiety about status on a landscape where withdrawal from the civic celebrations of Rome's glory was held in the gravest suspicion. Galatians re-imagined interprets the letter as an exhortation to stand with the powerless, yet not vanquished, rather than with the imperial worldview of the imperial conqueror, who is not lord supreme. The core of the Galatian controversy is that circumcision was less a body-marker of Jew or gentile, and more a signifier of political compliance or non-compliance with Roman civic obligations as proselytes sought Jewish identity to escape the demands of the imperial cult. The circumcision solution, according to Paul, who claims to be the voice of "proper" Judaism and law observance, is less an expression of faithful, theologically motivated Jewish Torah-obedience than of political realism. Hence, Paul presents foolish Galatians with another option, inclusion without circumcision, which fits into his fundamentally Jewish apocalyptic framework expecting an end-time pilgrimage of the nations to Jerusalem (Isa 2:2-3; Zeh 3:9). Uncircumcised messianic Galatians are no longer enslaved to those who by nature are not gods (Gal 4:8), but have become known by God and one with Israel, included as sons of Abraham without the need for circumcision, representing the eschatological movement of the nations turning to God, the beginning of a new creation triggered by the resurrection of God's crucified Son. Only if they keep their foreskins are they truly "nations." Only if they worship God alone, uncircumcised as they are, do they testify to the new creation that has started to transform the world. Their circumcision would not be a return to Jewish orthodoxy (for they have never been Jews) but, on the contrary, a concession to imperial idolatry, that compromises with a world ordered in the image of Caesar. Instead, the existence of uncircumcised Gentiles who stand up and refuse idolatry reconstructs the ancient portrayal of the "lawless Galatian" as justified through the grace of the nonimperial God of Abraham and Sarah. Thus the law Paul confronts is not Jewish law as such, but Jewish law in enforced servitude to Roman law
Traditionsbruch und Kirchengemeinschaft bei Paulus : eine exegetische Studie zur Frage des "anderen Evangeliums" by Brigitte Kahl( Book )

13 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in German and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Armenevangelium und Heidenevangelium : "Sola Scriptura" und die ökumenische Traditionsproblematik im Lichte von Väterkonflikt und Väterkonsens bei Lukas by Brigitte Kahl( Book )

10 editions published between 1983 and 1987 in German and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Muss ein Christ Sozialist sein? : Nachdenken über Helmut Gollwitzer( Book )

5 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in German and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aufgestanden gegen den Tod : eine ökumenische Osteranthologie( Book )

6 editions published between 1984 and 1987 in German and Undetermined and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Human culture and the integrity of creation : biblical reflections on Genesis 1-11 by Brigitte Kahl( )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Messianische Solidarität : warum Paulus für die Link(n) von Bedeutung ist by Brigitte Kahl( )

1 edition published in 2014 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Christen im weltweiten Friedenskampf : Studienband d. Christl. Friedenskonferenz by Gerhard Bassarak( Book )

1 edition published in 1974 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Social ethics in the making : the Gary Dorrien Inaugural Symposium( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

No longer male : masculinity struggles behind Galatians 3.28 by Brigitte Kahl( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Galatians re-imagined : reading with the eyes of the vanquished
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