Monthly Archives: September 2009

Tom Wright & James Dunn The New Perspective on Paul

Michael Bird drew my attention to a video on Youtube that features N.T. Wright and James D.G. Dunn discussing the NPP. Wright’s thoughts have particular relevance for readers of Galatians as he discusses the Qumran document 4QMMT. This is of interest because of its relationship to our understanding of “works of the law” in Galatians. Wright concludes that circumcision is not a debate over moralism in the same sense as “do not commit adultery” and encourages us to read Paul historically so we will come to a new understanding. His two articles on the subject are available online as you can see below.

Not surprisingly 4QMMT has been discussed at length by those comparing its thought on the works of the law with the expression in Paul.

Abegg, Martin G., Jr. “4QMMT, Paul and ‘Works of the Law.’” In The Bible at Qumran: Text, Shape, and Interpretation. Edited by Peter W. Flint. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001. 203-216.

Bachmann, Michael. “4QMMT und Galaterbrief, מעשׂי התורה und ΕΡΓΑ ΝΟΜΟΥ.” Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der älteren Kirche. 89:1-2 (1998): 91-113.

Dunn, James D.G. “4QMMT and Galatians.” New Testament Studies. 43:1 (1997): 147-153.

Dunn, James D.G. “4QMMT and Galatians.” In The New Perspective on Paul: Collected Essays. Tűbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2005. 333-340?. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007. 339-346.

Kampen, John and Bernstein Moshe J., eds. Reading 4QMMT: New Perspectives on Qumran Law and Theology. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1996.

Wright, N.T. “4QMMT and Paul: Justification, ‘Works,’ and Eschatology.” In History and Exegesis: New Testament Essays in Honor of Dr E. Earle Ellis for His 80th Birthday. Edited by Aang-Won (Aaron) Son. New York and London: T&T Clark 2006. 104-132.

Click to access Wright_4QMMT_Paul.pdf

Wright, N.T. “Paul and Qumran” 14:5 Bible Review. (1998): 18, 54.

You may also want to check out Francis Watson’s paper “Constructing an Antithesis: Pauline and
other Perspectives on Divine and Human Agency” for the Colloquium on Divine and Human Agency in Paul and Early Judaism, Aberdeen, August 2004.

There are also a few other 4QMMT articles over on the Paul Page.

Betz on the Literary Composition and Function of Galatians

UPDATE: For whatever reason this book is now being published by Baker Books according to Hendrickson’s website. You can still download a copy of the paper from here. The new ISBN is 9780801047275.

Hendrickson has made available Betz’s chapter from The Galatians Debate. Apparently I already knew that as I have a copy but I’m sure I haven’t told you about it, so here it is.

Betz, Hans Dieter. “The Literary Composition and Function of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians.” In The Galatians Debate: Contemporary Issues in Rhetorical and Historical Interpretation. Edited by Mark D. Nanos. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2002. 3-28.


Schenck on the unknown years of Paul

Ken Schenck has now posted twice on Paul’s “unknown years.” Last Friday’s post deals extensively with Galatians 2 so if that is your interest you will want to check it out.

Unknown Years Part 1

Unknown Years Part 2

“Works of the Law” in Galatians 3:10

paulpostBrian LePort over at near emmaus has asked for some bibliographic material on Galatians 3:10 and the “works of the law.” With the realisation that I may be using a firehouse to put out a marshmallow roast I have put together a “few” resources that I think he needs to have a look at when addressing this issue. Happy reading Brian!

Bonneau, Normand. “The Logic of Paul’s Argument on the Curse of the Law in Galatians 3:10-14.” Novum Testamentum. 39:1 (1997): 60-80.

Braswell, Joseph P. “‘The Blessing of Abraham’ Versus ‘The Curse of the Law’: Another Look at Gal 3:10-13.” Westminster Theological Journal. 53:1 (1991): 73-91.

Catchpole, David. “Galatians 3:10-13: Crucifixian Curse and Resurrection Freedom.” In, Interpreting the New Testament Text: Introduction to the Art and Science of Exegesis. Edited by Darrell L. Bock and Buist M. Fanning. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2006. 377-385.

Cranford, Michael. “The Possibility of Perfect Obedience: Paul and an Implied Premise in Galatians 3:10 and 5:3.” Novum Testamentum. 36:3 (1994): 242-258.

Dunn, James D.G. “Works of the Law and the Curse of the Law (Galatians 3.10-14).” New Testament Studies. 31:4 (1985): 523-542.

Dunn, James D.G. “Works of the Law and the Curse of the Law (Galatians 3.10-14).” In, The New Perspective on Paul: Collected Essays. Tűbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2005. 111-130?.

Garlington, Don. “Role Reversal and Paul’s Use of Scripture in Galatians 3.10-13.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament. 65 (1997): 85-121.

Grindheim, Sigurd. “Apostate Turned Prophet: Paul’s Prophetic Self-Understanding and Prophetic Hermeneutic with Special Reference to Galatians 3.10-12.” New Testament Studies. 53:4 (2007): 545-565.

Hong, In-Gyu. “Does Paul Misrepresent the Jewish Law? Law and Covenant in Gal. 3:1-14.” Novum Testamentum. 36:2 (1994): 164-182.

Lambrecht, Jan. “Curse and Blessing A Study of Galatians 3,10-14.” In, Pauline Studies: Collected Essays. Leuven: Leuven University Press, 1994. 271-298.

Schreiner, Thomas R. “Is Perfect Obedience to the Law Possible? A Re-Examination of Galatians 3:10.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. 27:2 (1984): 151-160.

Scott, James M. “’For as Many as Are of Works of the Law Are Under a Curse’ (Galatians 3.10).” In, Paul and the Scriptures of Israel. Edited by James A. Sanders and Craig A. Evans. (JSNTSS, 83; Studies in Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity; 1). Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1992. 187-221.

Silva, Moisés. “Abraham, Faith, and Works: Paul’s Use of Scripture in Galatians 3:6-14.” Westminster Theological Journal. 63:2 (2001): 251-267.

Smiles, Vincent M. “The Blessing of Israel and ‘the Curse of the Law’: A Study of Galatians 3:10-14.” Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations. 3:1 (2008): 1-17.

Stanley. Christopher D. “‘Under a Curse’: A Fresh Reading of Galatians 3:10-14.” New Testament Studies 36:4 (1990): 481-511.

Waters, Guy. The End of Deuteronomy in the Epistles of Paul. (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament. 2. Reihe 221), Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2006.

Wright, N. T. “Chapter Seven: Curse and Covenant: Galatians 3.10-14.” In, The Climax to the Covenant: Christ and the Law in Pauline Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1991. 137-156.

Young, Norman H. “Who’s Cursed – and Why? (Galatians 3:10-14).” Journal of Biblical Literature. 117:1 (1998): 79-92.

And last but not least some general articles on Paul and works of the law:

Dunn, James D.G. “Yet Once More—‘The Works of the Law’: A Response.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament. 46 (1992): 99-117.

Evans, Craig A. “Paul and ‘Works of the Law’ Language in Late Antiquity.” In, Paul and His Opponents. Pauline Studies; 2. Edited by Stanley E. Porter. Leiden: Brill, 2005. 201-226.

Moo, Douglas J. “Law, ‘Works of the Law’, and Legalism in Paul.” Westminster Journal of Theology. 45 (1983): 73-100.

Schreiner, Thomas R. “‘Works of Law’ in Paul.” Novum Testamentum. 33:3 (1991): 217-244.

Silva, Moisés. “Law in the New Testament: Dunn’s New Synthesis.” Westminster Theological Journal. 53 (1991): 339-353.

F. F. Bruce on Problems in Galatians

The ever helpful Rob Bradshaw has added F. F. Bruce’s five part Problems in Galatians series from the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library of Manchester. Head on over to download the following:

F.F. Bruce, “Galatian Problems. 1. Autobiographical Data.” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library Manchester. 51:2 (Spring 1969): 292-309.

F.F. Bruce, “Galatian Problems. 2. North or South Galatians?” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library Manchester. 52:2 (Spring 1970): 243-266.

F.F. Bruce, “Galatian Problems. 3. The ‘Other’ Gospel.” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library Manchester. 53:2 (Spring 1971): 253-271.

F.F. Bruce, “Galatian Problems. 4. The Date of the Epistle.” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library Manchester. 54:2 (Spring 1972): 250-267.

F.F. Bruce, “Galatian Problems. 5. Galatians and Christian Origins.” Bulletin of the John Rylands Library Manchester. 55:2 (Spring 1973): 264-284.