Monthly Archives: October 2008

Galatians 3:26-28 in the NLT

Yesterday the New Living Translation Blog had a post discussing the changes that they have made to these verses over the course of the NLT’s development from the first edition to our current text. Keith Williams posts the text of the Greek along with the original Living Bible and that from the 1996, 2004, and 2007 NLT. He also notes that they added two footnotes along the way. The analysis of the changes is very helpful in understanding why they were made and why the translators consider them closer to the original meaning than what they had before. I am still working on a comprehensive analysis of about 20 translations of 3:28 to demonstrate the various directions that translations can go with that verse so bear with me.

German annotated bibliographic commentary

I also came across this (for lack of a better term) annotated bibliographic commentary of Galatians in German. It divides the epistle into sections and has an exegetical summary with annotated bibliography for each section. It is very helpful for those who read German or who know how to use Google translator 😉 Quite frankly PhD programs need to expect students to be able to use tools like Google just as much as knowing German, French, etc. However, I don’t know of any programs that test a students Google-bility in order to progress to the dissertation.

Rethinking Paul (again)

On the same website as Tolmie’s dissertation is a ThM thesis on Galatians that he supervised. The thesis proper is a whopping 246 pages so I am glad I did not write my master’s thesis at that university. Song does not reject the New Perspective but calls for a slight change in its understanding of justification in Paul’s mission, especially as it relates to Gentiles.

Jae Young Song, Rethinking the New Perspective on Paul: Justification by Faith and Paul’s Gospel According to Galatians. Bloemfontein, South Africa, 2006.

Donald Francois Tolmie’s Dissertation online

While looking for some Galatians material I stumbled across Tolmie’s PhD dissertation available online. Tolmie has written a number of articles and essays on Galatians so it was a pleasant surprise to find his dissertation posted for all the world to read.

Donald Francois Tolmie, A Rhetorical Analysis of the Letter to the Galatians. University of the Free State Bloemfontein, South Africa, 2004.

I haven’t verified it but presumably this was then published as

D. Francois Tolmie, Persuading the Galatians: A Text-Centred Rhetorical Analysis of a Pauline Letter. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen Zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 190. J C B Mohr, 2005.
316148455X, 978-3161484551

Michael Bachmann on Anti-Judaism in Galatians translated

Michael Bachmann’s 1999 book has been translated into English by Robert L. Brawley and will be published early next year. Bibliographic details and ISBNs are below.

Michael Bachmann, Antijudaismus im Galaterbrief?: Exegetische Studien zu einem polemischen Schreiben und zur Theologie des Apostels Paulus. (Novum testamentum et orbis antiquus; 40) Freiburg: UniversitÀtsverlag; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1999.
3727812567, 978-3727812569

Michael Bachmann, Anti-Judaism in Galatians?: Exegetical Studies on a Polemical Letter and on Paul’s Theology. Translated by Robert L. Brawley. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.
0802862918, 978-0802862914

John Riches’ Theological Interpretation of Galatians

A New book on theological interpretation is going to be released next month with a chapter on Galatians written by John Riches. It’s reasonably priced and Amazon already has it posted as a “Look Inside” title. Head on over and check it out!

John Riches, “Galatians” In Theological Interpretation of the New Testament: A Book-by-Book Survey. Edited by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Daniel J. Treier, and N.T. Wright. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 2008. 115-123. 0801036232, 978-0801036231.

HT Nijay Gupta.

Burton’s ICC Commentary available online

Rod Decker just made me aware that the older, public domain, ICC volumes are available online. This includes the volume on Galatians by Ernest De Witt Burton published in 1921. Several formats are available but Decker recommends the pdf page scans. I immedaitly grabbed Galatians. The download was fast and the page scans are very crisp and clear. This is very good work!

Google Reader just popped up with another blogger who was inspired by Decker and posted a list of OT commentaries available as well. Check out his post here.