Mystical Theology as an Answer to Transreligious Identity Problems in the Letter to the Galatians of Paul, the Jew

By: Witkamp Theo  

The famous dictum, "It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me" (Gal. 2:20), can be found in a highly polemical section of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. The context is one in which religious boundaries between Jews and non-Jews are transgressed at the common meal. This resulted in heated discussions about Jewish loyalty and identity. Paul, a Jew and an apostle of Christ, took a firm stance in these matters and advanced a prolific argument in favor of his transreligious position. It is the purpose of my paper to discuss the intersection of Paul’s mysticism and the communal life in early nascent Christianity. I contend that the way he deals with the problems he encountered in his days transcends the constraints of history and can be inspirational in a modern context.

Mysticism, Bible, Paul, Galatians, Meal, Identity, Community, Early Christianity, Jew
Religious Community and Socialization
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Witkamp Theo

Head, Center for Professional Formation and Spirituality, Protestant Theological University, Netherlands

My professional interests are the interplay between personal spirituality and communal practices, ethical decision making, the dialectics of integration and differentation in theological education, supervision as a didactic method in professional formation, New Testament studies, relevant philosophy and good theology in general.