“Abraham’s Divided Children: Galatians and the Politics of Faith” is a book written by Pheme Perkins, a prominent biblical scholar and professor of theology at Boston College. The book explores the biblical book of Galatians and its significance in the early Christian church, as well as its relevance to contemporary discussions of faith and politics.
Galatians is a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the early Christian community in Galatia, a region in what is now modern-day Turkey. In the letter, Paul addresses a theological controversy over whether Gentile Christians (non-Jewish believers) should be required to follow Jewish religious practices, such as circumcision and dietary laws. Paul argues that faith in Jesus Christ is the only necessary requirement for salvation, and that following Jewish law is not necessary for Gentiles to become part of the Christian community.
Perkins’ book analyzes the historical and cultural context in which Galatians was written, as well as its theological and political implications. She also examines how Galatians has been interpreted and used in various contexts throughout history, including the Protestant Reformation and contemporary debates over religious pluralism and cultural identity.
Overall, “Abraham’s Divided Children” provides a thorough and insightful exploration of Galatians and its ongoing significance for Christian theology and practice.