The Relationship Of Galatians 2:1-10 And Acts 15:1-35: Two Neglected Arguments -- By: Robert H. Stein

Journal: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Volume: JETS 17:4 (Fall 1974)
Article: The Relationship Of Galatians 2:1-10 And Acts 15:1-35: Two Neglected Arguments
Author: Robert H. Stein


The Relationship Of Galatians 2:1-10 And Acts 15:1-35:
Two Neglected Arguments

Robert H. Stein*

St. Paul, Minnesota 55112

One of the classical problems involved in establishing a chronology of the life of Paul is the relationship of the first three visits of the Apostle mentioned in Acts and the two visits mentioned in Galatians. Frequently they are related in one of the following ways:1

1.

Acts 9:26–28

=

Galatians 1:18

Acts 11:30; 12:25

=

Galatians 2:1–10

Acts 15:1–35

(omitted in Galatians—perhaps because Galatians written before the event)

According to this view the famine visit of Acts 11:30; 12:25 and Galatians 2:1–10 are identical.2 Some of the considerations given in support of this view are:3

a. the apostolic decree of Acts 15:22f. is not mentioned in Galatians 2:1–10;

b. Paul could not have omitted mentioning the famine visit, as the next view demands, for his whole argument in Galatians 1–2 might be invalidated by this omission since he would be exposing himself to the charge of dishonest suppression of the facts;

c. with this view there is “no necessity of ascribing to the author of Acts an error in the number or arrangement of Paul’s journeys to Jerusalem”;4

*Associate Professor of New Testament, Bethel College.

You must have a subscription and be logged in to read the entire article.
Click here to subscribe
visitor : : uid: ()