You Foolish Galatians!

04 Nov

Galatians 3:1

You foolish Galatians! Who has tricked you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was portrayed as crucified.

ω ανοητοι γαλαται! τις υμας εβασκανεν? οις κατ’ οφθαλμους ιησους χριστος προεγραφη εσταυρωμενος

So what does Paul mean when he writes προεγραφη? Why do modern translations have “portrayed”? It looks like Paul is referring to some previous writing. The only other time Paul uses προεγραφη is in Romans 15:4:

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

οσα γαρ προεγραφη [παντα] εις την ημετεραν διδασκαλιαν εγραφη ινα δια της υπομονης και δια της παρακλησεως των γραφων την ελπιδα εχωμεν

Here it is translated as “written”. So Paul must not mean “portrayed” in Galatians 3:1; that has connotations of being some sort of drawing or play or reenactment or something. “Portrayed” is pretty ambiguous. He must be talking about a previous letter that was written, or some sort of scriptures.


Posted by on November 4, 2010 in galatians, paul


2 responses to “You Foolish Galatians!

  1. beowulf2k8

    November 5, 2010 at 1:55 am

    I saw a theory once that Paul is claiming to have portrayed it to them via stigmata, or is essentially claiming to himself be the resurrected Christ.

    Galatians 1:16 “To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:”

    Galatians 6:17 “From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks (stigmata) of the Lord Jesus.”

  2. J. Quinton

    November 5, 2010 at 4:00 am

    That's also another oddity. Maybe Paul is referring to writings/marks on his body that are evidence of Jesus' passion?

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