“That both heathenism and Jewish legalism, very different from one another, are here bundled together in contrast with the liberty of the Gospel is plain from the fact that the observances which are referred to are applied to both. The law observed externally as a superstitious system without faith was doubtless a bondage to elemental spirits of this age, as heathenism was. Not only the bad, but often and much more the good, is the enemy of the best!”
William Still – Notes on Galatians (Aberdeen: Didasko Press, reprinted 1972) p. 59.
(HT: Nicholas T. Batzig)