The letter appears to have been written at a time when the people of Galatia were turning away from the Gospel that had been preached to them by Paul and towards beliefs more based on the traditional Jewish faith, including circumcision: it begins with an exhortation not to do so, and to remain faithful to the true word of God as Paul understood it; and continues with an account of Paul's conversion and acceptance by the other Apostles offered as testament to the authenticity of his teaching.
This is followed by a strong and categorical advocacy for the preeminence of faith over the observance of the Jewish (or any other) law, mingled with warnings not to stray from the straight path and general advice on leading a successful, moral Christian life. Its central message is that faith and acceptance of the Holy Spirit are the surest path to righteousness and salvation, and that the Pharisee-like observation of a fixed code of laws can in fact be a distraction from what is truly right (Galatians 5:4).
|Books of the Bible|
|Pentateuch (Torah)||Genesis • Exodus • Leviticus • Numbers • Deuteronomy|
|History||Joshua • Judges • Ruth • I Samuel • II Samuel • I Kings • II Kings • I Chronicles • II Chronicles • Ezra • Nehemiah • Esther|
|Wisdom Literature||Job • Psalms • Proverbs • Ecclesiastes • Song of Solomon|
|Major Prophets||Isaiah • Jeremiah • Lamentations • Ezekiel • Daniel|
|Minor Prophets||Hosea • Joel • Amos • Obadiah • Jonah • Micah • Nahum • Habakkuk • Zephaniah • Haggai • Zechariah • Malachi|
|The Gospels||According to Matthew • According to Mark • According to Luke • According to John|
|History||Acts of the Apostles|
|Pauline Epistles||Romans • I Corinthians • II Corinthians • Galatians • Ephesians • Philippians • Colossians • I Thessalonians • II Thessalonians • I Timothy • II Timothy • Titus • Philemon|
|General Epistles||Hebrews • James • I Peter • II Peter • I John • II John • III John • Jude|
|Prophecy||The Revelation to John|