Galatians 1

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Galatians is possibly the earliest letter we have from Paul. 1 Unlike most of his other letters, this was written to “THE CHURCHES OF GALATIA” (Galatians 1:2) rather than to an individual congregation. Paul visited


  1. This is certainly debated, but it makes the most sense to me when all the available facts are considered.
  2. While it is possible that he founded them during this tour, it is also possible (and more likely) that he founded at least some of them during his tenure in “SYRIA AND CILICIA” (Galatians 1:21), years before Barnabas called him to Antioch (Acts 11:25-26).
  3. They see Paul’s statement, “I PREACHED THE GOSPEL TO YOU THE FIRST TIME” (NASB), to mean that he had been there at least twice before writing this letter. Even so, he easily could have been there more than once in the fourteen years of ministry (Galatians 2:1) preceding this letter.