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Title: The Holy Spirit and the Human Spirit in Galatians
Author(s): O'NEILL, J.C.
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 71 Issue: 1 Date: April 1995
Hans Dieter Betz has put us all in his debt by directing our attention to the various rhetorical forms to be found in the Epistle to the Galatians1. I wish to deal with the use of the two words “flesh” and “spirit” in Galatians, and I will mostly confine the discussion to the section 5,13–6,10 which is particularly rich in these terms and in which we immediately are conscious that we are not reading a straight-forward argument. Betz draws our attention to the “catalogue” of vices and virtues in 5,19-23 and to the “collection of sententiae” in 5,25-6,10. In a book published over twenty years ago I argued that the whole of 5,13–6,10 “far from being a sustained argument ... is really a collection of moral admonitions”; “there is no connection between one admonition and the next, except sometimes a similarity of subject or a catch-phrase; the collector is not pursuing a connected argument”. Betz does not go as far, and is pretty sure Paul wrote it all, but he does admit once that “at first sight the collection appears confused” (on 5,25-6,10).