COMING OF AGE AND PUTTING ON CHRIST: THE TOGA VIRILIS CEREMONY, ITS PARAENESIS, AND PAUL'S INTERPRETATION OF BAPTISM IN GALATIANS

in Novum Testamentum
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This essay examines the

toga virilis

coming-of-age ceremony in the Roman household and argues that the gentile rite of passage is an important social context in which to understand Paul's interpretation of baptism, particularly of the pre-Pauline baptismal formula of "putting on Christ" (Gal. 3:27). The moral exhortation occasioned by the

toga virilis

warned the newly togaed youth against succumbing to the flesh, the same fear that Paul expresses concerning the baptized Galatians. This contextualization makes Paul's paraenesis on responsible use of freedom more intelligible than the standard history-of-religions reading. The goal is to move the scholarship on baptism in Pauline theology beyond the limited hermeneutical framework of the "origins" of ritual language.

COMING OF AGE AND PUTTING ON CHRIST: THE TOGA VIRILIS CEREMONY, ITS PARAENESIS, AND PAUL'S INTERPRETATION OF BAPTISM IN GALATIANS

in Novum Testamentum

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