Monthly Archives: November 2008

Sanders Festschrift

While not strictly about Galatians, E. P. Sanders was presented with a Festschrift at SBL this past week. More information is available from the publisher, although for a list of articles you must head over to WorldCat.

Redefining First-Century Jewish and Christian Identities: Essays in Honor of Ed Parish Sanders. Edited by Fabian E. Udoh, et al. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2008. 448pp. 0268044538, 9780268044534.

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Douglas Campbell on the Faithfulness of Jesus in Romans and Galatians

I stumbled across this SBL presentation paper today:

Douglas A. Campbell, “The Faithfulness of Jesus Christ in Romans and Galatians (with special reference to Romans 1:17 & 3:22).” SBL, 2007.

You too can download yourself a copy.

This follows up an earlier essay that he wrote back in 2002 addressing Jesus in Romans and Galatians:

Douglas A. Campbell, “The Story of Jesus in Romans and Galatians.” In Narrative Dynamics in Paul: A Critical Assessment. Edited by Bruce W. Longenecker. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002. 97-124.

In his first footnote he says that the material in this presentation was primarily drawn from his forthcoming book: The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008. He promises that the section on Galatians is 52,000 words long, so it should provide some food for thought. It’s due out in the middle of December so we don’t have too long to wait although at almost 1400 pages it is a little pricey (especially in Canada). 0802831265, 9780802831262.

Campbell has also penned two other article on the faith/faithfulness issue:

Douglas A. Campbell, “False Presuppositions in the Pistis Christou Debate: A Response to Brian Dodd.” Journal of Biblical Literature. 116:4 (1997): 713-719.

Douglas A. Campbell, “Romans 1:17–A Crux Interpretum for the Pistis Christou Debate.” Journal of Biblical Literature. 113:2 (1994): 265-285.

De Boer no more?

I finally received an email from Amazon.ca today informing me that Martinus C. De Boer, Galatians. (New Testament Library) Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2008 has been cancelled. I had expected this because it was supposed to be out at the end of September and when it did not show up I checked around and Amazon.com is now showing a release date of 2012! For those of you who are patient you can sign up to be notified when it comes available. ISBN is 0664221238, 9780664221232. It is a shame as I was looking forward to reading what De Boer has to say.

Ronald Fung on Galatians again, again

fungRonald Y.K. Fung who, most famously, wrote the Galatians volume for the NICNT series has been very busy. He has written another commentary on Galatians in Chinese, published this month. It is a whopping 1500+ pages and comprises two volumes. As Chinese is more compact than English it would be even longer if translated. He should definitely get some kind of reward for publishing what is probably the longest (and most heavily footnoted) Galatians commentary ever published. A series of endorsements and a preview can be downloaded here, but I warn you it is in traditional Chinese. To buy a set from the publisher for NT$1383 hop over to Taiwan.

This commentary is entirely new and interacts with all of the latest literature on Paul and Galatians. Fung interacts continuously with the Greek text but contains his use of Greek to the copious footnotes and does not use transliteration. Interestingly, he also interacts with English translations throughout the footnotes. For example in his notes for 5:22a he notes: “δὲ = ‘But’ (KJV, NKJV, RSV, NEB, REB, NAS, NAU, NIV, TEV)” and “Cf. NRSV/NJB: ‘By contrast / On the other hand’.” For those who can read traditional Chinese these volumes will be invaluable, for those of you who do not, I recommend you start taking Chinese lessons :)!

馮蔭坤 Fung, Ronald Y. K. 加拉太書註釋 (A Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians). 2 vols. Taipei: 校園書房出版社 (Campus Evangelical Fellowship), 2008. 9861980814, 9789861980812. NT$1750. [US$55].

Fung’s previous commentaries are:

馮蔭坤 (Ronald Y. K. Fung), 真理與自由-加拉太書註釋 [Truth and Freedom: A Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians]. Hong Kong: 證主, 1982.

Ronald Y. K. Fung, The Epistle to the Galatians. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988. 0802825095, 9780802825094.

Steven Runge on meta-comments in Galatians

Over on Steve Runge’s blog he has been writing about the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament of which he was general editor. This resource was produced by Logos Bible Software. In today’s post he explains meta-comments using Galatians 1:9 as his example. It is an interesting post showing the nice layout of the LDGNT. I don’t think anyone could have missed the meta-comment in Galatians 1:9 given Paul’s emphasis and his repetition of the point but obviously this method of presentation highlights it and provides for easier searching of meta-comments in general.

Paul’s love of Gentiles

As so often happens, tonight I was looking for something else entirely and came across another doctoral dissertation related to Galatians. It is freely available for download here. When I found the two the other day I searched for Galatians but missed this one as it is about Gentiles.

Tae Hoon Kim, The Origin of Paul’s Concern for the Gentiles and Paul’s Gentile Mission. ThD Diss. University of the Free State, 2007.

Joel White on Paul’s Cosmology

In July of this year Continuum published a book on Paul’s cosmology which includes a chapter by Joel White touching on Galatians.

Joel White, “Paul’s Cosmology: The Witness of Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Galatians.” In Cosmology and New Testament Theology. (Library of New Testament Studies). Edited by Jonathan T. Pennington and Sean M. McDonough. London: Continuum, 2008. 90-106.
0567031438, 9780567031433.

Needless to say it is too rich for my blood but I did order a copy of The Galatians Debate that I mentioned yesterday.