Originally posted by robbie carrobie
yes these things were a source of discouragement but the entire region did not turn against him as you have rather sensationally stated. Please try to be more careful in future, remember you are a swordsman 'holding the word of truth aright'.
The letter was concerned with multiple churches in the region of Galatia, an extensive widespread problem.
Churches were established by city. That is the apostolic way was one city matched with one church. Where one city is mentioned the church is mentioned in the singular tense always in the New Testament under careful examination.
Areas larger than a city were either countries or districts or provinces. Since Galatia
was a province it contained more than one city.
IE. The churches [plural] in Judea - ( 1 Thess. 2:14)
The churches [plural] in Asia - (1 Cor. 16:19).
The seven churches [plural] in - Asia again (Revelation 1:11)
The churches [plural] in Galatia - ( 1 Cor. 16:1)
And therefore it contained more than one local church. So the letter is addressed not to "the church in Galatia" but "to the churches
[plural] in Galatia"
"Paul, an apostle ... And all the brothers who are with me, to the churches [plural] in Galatia." (vs.1,2)
Apparently, as far as we can tell, the churches
in the whole region of Galatia
were having the problem. The letter is at least addressed to all the churches in that region.
The problem the letter deals with concerns for the whole region in which those churches were established. So I don't think it was sensational to say the entire region turned away. But if it was know that it was possible for the Apostle Paul to regret to Timothy that a whole region could turn away from him in some sense -
" This you know, that all who are in Asia turned away from me, of whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes." ( 2 Timothy 1:15)
We cannot tell if this means every single Christian turned away from him, or every church or just all his co-workers in that region became sour. But he expressed his concern as "all who are in Asia turned away from me"
Was he also being sensational ?