Monthly Archives: April 2009

Stephen Motyer’s article on Galatians 3:28 posted online

Rob Bradshaw of has just posted Motyer’s article online. Head on over to read it online or download it in pdf format. Thanks a lot Rob!!

Stephen Motyer, “The Relationship Between Paul’s Gospel of ‘All One in Christ Jesus’ (Galatians 3:28) and the ‘Household Codes.’” Vox Evangelica. 19 (1989): 33-48.

Biblical Studies Carnival 40

James Gregory has posted the latest Biblical Studies Carnival and welcomed me to the biblical blogosphere.

Thanks James! And thanks for another great monthly round up!!

Galatians at SBL 2009

The SBL 2009 preliminary program book for this year’s meeting to be held in New Orleans from November 21 – November 24 has been posted. It is a rich year for presentations related to Galatians. An entire session will be devoted to discussing Hans Dieter Betz’s Commentary on Galatians which was published 30 years ago. Betz’s commentary emphasises Paul’s use of rhetoric, something which is still essential.  Listed below are all of the currently listed Galatians presentations with the session title in bold.

Biblical Criticism and Literary Criticism
Kathy Barrett Dawson, Duke University
“Intertextuality and Mimetic Reversal in Gal 1-2: Pauline Autobiography and the Inclusion of the Gentiles.” (30 min)

Construction of Christian Identities
Sheila Briggs, University of Southern California
“‘No longer Jew or Greek’–Ethnic Identity in Galatians.” (25 min)

Lung Kwong Lo, Divinity School of Chung Chi College, CUHK
“Unity and Diversity of Ethnic Identities in Early Christianity: ‘Neither Jew nor Greek (Gal. 3: 28)’ Revisited.” (25 min)

Corpus Hellenisticum Novi Testamenti
Theme: Hans Dieter Betz’s Commentary on Galatians, 30 Years Later

Troy Martin, Saint Xavier University, Presiding (20 min)
Udo Schnelle, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Panelist (20 min)
Helmut Koester, Harvard University, Panelist (20 min)
Richard Longenecker, Wycliffe College, Panelist (20 min)
Margaret Mitchell, University of Chicago, Panelist (20 min)
Hans Dieter Betz, University of Chicago, Respondent (20 min)

History of Interpretation
Kelly Whitcomb, Vanderbilt University
“Law and Spirit, Law and Grace: A Rhetorical and Socio-Historical Comparison of Sarah and Hagar in Galatians 4:21-5:1 and Ilarion’s Sermon ‘On Law and Grace.’” (25 min)

Intertextuality in the New Testament Consultation
Rodrigo J. Morales, Marquette University
“Israel’s Infancy and the Elements of the Cosmos: Reconfiguring Hosea and Ezekiel in Galatians 4:1–11.” (25 min)

Korean Biblical Colloquium
Hung-Sik Choi, Torch Trinity Graduate School of Theology
“A Reconsideration of the Antithesis between peritome/akrobustia and pistis di agapes evnergoumene in Galatians 5:6.” (30 min)

Papyrology and Early Christian Backgrounds
Jeff Hubing, Northern Seminary
“Redefining the Epistolary Form and Function of Galatians 6:11-17.” (20 min)

Pauline Epistles
Brigitte Kahl, Union Theological Seminary and Brigitte Kahl, Union Theological Seminary
“Jewish Torah, Roman nomos, and the Hazard of Galatian Foreskin: A Critical Re-Imagination.” (25 min)

Paul, Jerusalem and the Judaisers published

pjjA dissertation that I first mentioned last July is now being published by Mohr Siebeck.

Ian J. Elmer, Paul, Jerusalem and the Judaisers: The Galatian Crisis in Its Broadest Historical Context. (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2.258) Mohr Siebeck, 2009. 3161498070, 9783161498077.

On this side of the pond it can be purchased from Eisenbrauns for $105.

I wonder if he fixed his reference to Pummer…I guess it’s too late to tell him about it now. Sorry Ian…er…I mean Dr. Elmer.

Galatians and the Imperial Cult review on RBL

imperial-cultReview of Biblical Literature has posted Wilhelm Pratscher’s review of

Justin K. Hardin, Galatians and the Imperial Cult: A Critical Analysis of the First-Century Social Context of Paul’s Letter. (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/237) Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2008. xiv + 190. 3161495632, 9783161495632.

SNTS 2009

The Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas 2009 meeting, August 4-7, will have three presentations related to Galatians in the Pauline Theology in Galatians and Romans section under Gaventa, Barclay, and de Boer:

Francis Watson (Durham, UK), “Is Paul a Covenantal Theologian?”

Michael Wolter (Bonn), “‘Kinder des Fleisches’ oder ‘Kinder der Verheißung’ (Röm 9,8 und Gal 4,23): Die Israelfrage nach Gal 4,21-31 und Röm 9-11.”

Susan Eastman (Duke, USA; guest), “The Identity of Israel and the Mercy of God in Galatians and Romans.”

Update on EThOS

It took more than ten days but EThOS today posted the first of the dissertations I requested. The following is now available for download.

Gilthvedt, Gary Earl. Dying ‘Through the Law to the Law’ (Gal 2.19). PhD; University of St Andrews, 1989.

This study focuses on Galatians 2:19, “For I through the law died unto the law, that I might live unto God,” as the juxtaposition of law and cross in Paul’s thinking. The law and the cross represent the “before and after” of Paul’s life. He concludes that the law brings death and that Paul viewed faith in Christ as the only “life-bringer.”


With reference to 3:19 he says, “[Paul] means that the law was added to the human situation for a purpose different from that of the promise” (235). His abstract stated that the law killed Christ so doesn’t that mean that the law was required for the promise to be fulfilled?

Concerning the issue of a mediator (Moses) and angels giving the law he says “Paul’s point seems not so much to be that of disparaging the origin of law by denying divine authorship, but rather to contrast its inferior nature to the direct gift and revelation of gospel-promise” (240).
The irony of this is that the gospel-promise is meditated to us through the NT authors. Is the gospel any more direct for us than the law was for first century Jews? They had Moses and messengers, we have the apostles and the thousands of scribes who copied out the manuscripts and the messengers who delivered it.