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GALATIANS, EPISTLE TO THE

Letter of St. Paul to the Churches in Galatia, warning them against the Judaizers who wanted the Christians to be circumcised. The faithful were being told that Paul was just another disciple, so he defended his apostleship, directly from Christ. He further explained that salvation is through Christ alone, that Christ's followers are no longer under the yoke of the Old Law, that they must seek only the glory of God and avoid all self-indulgence, and that true glory is found only in the cross of christ. St. Paul signed at least the last few lines with his own hand. (Etym. Latin name derived from Gauls who invaded Macedonia Greece, and Asia Minor in 279 B.C.).

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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