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Paul Shows His Concern for the Galatians
Bible Verse Galatians 6:11
See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand.
The Apostle Paul often used an amanuensis for his letters. And amanuensis was a person who knew how to read and write the language, and was often used as a personal secretary of sorts to take dictation. However, in his letter to the Galatians it appears Paul had written the letter himself. Before his closing comments, Paul points out the large letters he used, indicating that he either wrote the letter in its entirety, which seems most likely, or at least signed the letter. Bible scholars believe there may have been two reasons for these large letters. The first is that Paul had bad eyesight. Because of what he endured spreading the gospel, which included stonings, shipwreck and disease, he had eye trouble. Moreover, in chapter four of this letter Paul makes a comment indicating he had problems with his vision.
Paul says that he came to Galatia to recover from illness and preached to the Galatians while sick or injured. Paul then makes the comment in chapter four, "For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me." These passages seem to indicate Paul had a problem with his eyes. Secondly which is least likely, some Bible scholars believe Paul may have written the letter using "Greek uncials." Greek uncials were large block letters, they were used more or less as we use headlines today. They were used to put emphasis and signify the importance of what was being written. However, it would seem unlikely that Paul used this style of writing for an entire letter. In addition, because the Greek grammar used regarding the writing of the letter. Words which best translates to "I have written," seems to indicate that in the case of the Galatians, Paul wrote the letter with his own hands.