Pistis Christou In Galatians The Connection To Habakkuk 2:4 -- By: Debbie Hunn

Journal: Tyndale Bulletin
Volume: TYNBUL 63:1 (NA 2012)
Article: Pistis Christou In Galatians The Connection To Habakkuk 2:4
Author: Debbie Hunn

Pistis Christou In Galatians
The Connection To Habakkuk 2:4

Debbie Hunn


The coherence of Paul’s argument in Galatians 2:15-3:14 depends upon strong links among the πίστις phrases. Therefore the reader who understands a single use of πίστις in the passage can correctly infer basic aspects of the others. Therefore ἐκ πίστεως in Habakkuk 2:4, because it is cited in Galatians 3:11, informs the discussion about πίστις Χριστοῦ in Galatians 2:16, 20; and an Old Testament prophet speaks in a present-day controversy. Habakkuk, by using ἐκ πίστεως to refer to the faith of Gentiles, testifies that πίστις Χριστοῦ in Galatians refers to human faith as well.

1. Introduction

Few scholars look to Habakkuk 2:4 to determine whether πίστις Χριστοῦ in Paul is an objective genitive meaning ‘faith in Christ’ or a subjective genitive meaning ‘Christ’s faith/fulness’. Even the distance between the πίστις Χριστοῦ phrases in Galatians 2:16, 20 and ἐκ πίστεως (‘from faith/fulness’) in the Habakkuk quote in Galatians 3:11, speaks against its relevance in the pistis Christou debate. Scholars who do connect the πίστις phrases in Galatians 2 with ἐκ πίστεως in 3:11 have left key questions unanswered. It is the purpose of this article to establish the connections among the πίστις phrases in Galatians 2:15-3:14, including ἐκ πίστεως in 3:11, and then to argue that πίστις Χριστοῦ is an object...

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