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One in Christ Jesus: Essays on Early Christianity and “All That Jazz.”

CASCADE_TemplateMatson, David Lertis and K.C. Richardson, eds. One in Christ Jesus: Essays on Early Christianity and “All That Jazz,” in Honor of S. Scott Bartchy. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2014. 1625641745, 9781625641748.

This book has a number of articles that relate directly to Galatians which I have listed below. You can also read the first few on the publisher’s website.

Russell, A. Sue. “Galatians 3:28 beyond Status and Role: Living Anti-Structurally within Structure.” 1-19.

Stegemann, Wolfgang. “Hierachisierung und Relativierung multipler Identitäten in Galater 3:28.” 20-34.

Duling, Dennis C. “Social-Scientific Comments on ‘Neither Judean nor Greek’ (Gal 3:28).” 35-68.

Adewuya, J. Ayodeji. “Galatians 3:28 and the African Story.” 184-198.

Mason, Robert James. “Galatians 3:28: An Aspect of Eschatological Asceticism in Paul.” 222-239.


Galatians and Christian Theology: Justification, the Gospel, and Ethics in Paul’s Letter

9780801049514Elliott, Mark W, Scott J. Hafemann, N.T. Wright, and John Frederick, eds. Galatians and Christian Theology: Justification, the Gospel, and Ethics in Paul’s Letter. Baker Academic, 2014. 0801049512, 9780801049514.

Wright, N.T. “Messiahship in Galatians.” 3-23.

Novenson, Matthew V. “Paul’s Former Occupation in Iodaismos.” 24-39.

Pollman, Karla and Mark W. Elliott. “Galatians in the Early Church.” 40-61.

Söding, Thomas. “Justification and Participation: Ecumenical Dimensions of Galatians.” 62-81.

Gombis, Timothy G. “Arguing with Scripture in Galatia: Galatians 3:10-14 as a Series of Ad Hoc Arguments.” 82-90.

Wengert, Timothy. “Martin Luther on Galatians 3:6-14: Justification by Curses and Blessings.” 91-116.

Hafemann, Scott. “Yaein: Yes and No to Luther’s Reading of Galatians 3:6-14.” 117-131.

Garcia, Javier A. “‘Not an Idle Quality of an Empty Husk in the Heart’”: A Critique of Tuomo Mannermaa on Luther and Galatians.” 132-142.

Elliott, Mark W. “Judaism, Reformation Theology, and Justification.” 143-158.

McCormack, Bruce. “Can We Still Speak of ‘Justification by Faith’? An In-House Debate with Apocalyptic Readings of Paul.” 159-184.

Gaventa, Beverly Roberts. “The Singularity of the Gospel Revisited.” 187-199.

Hays, Richard B. “Apocalyptic Poiēsis in Galatians: Paternity, Passion, and Participation.” 200-219.

Cover, Michael B. “‘Now and Above; Then and Now’ (Gal. 4:21-31): Platonizing and Apocalyptic Polarities in Paul’s Eschatology.” 220-229.

van Driel, Edwin Chr. “Christ in Paul’s Narrative: Salvation History, Apocalyptic Invasion and Supralapsarian Theology.” 230-238.

Still, Todd D. “‘In the Fullness of Time’ (Gal. 4:4): Chronology and Theology in Galatians.” 239-248.

Sumner, Darren O. “Karl Barth and ‘The Fullness of Time’”: Eternity and Divine Intent in the Epistle to the Galatians.” 249-257.

Swain, Scott R. “‘Heirs through God: Galatians 4:4-7 and the Doctrine of the Trinity.” 258-267.

O’Donovan, Oliver. “Flesh and Spirit.” 271-284.

Rabens, Volker. “‘Indicative and Imperative’ as the Substructure of Paul’s Theology-and-Ethics in Galatians? A Discussion of Divine and Human Agency in Paul.” 285-305.

Barclay, John M.G. “Grace and Countercultural Reckoning of Worth: Community Construction in Galatians 5-6.” 306-317.

Aletti, Jean-Noël. “Paul’s Exhortations in Galatians 5:16-25: From the Apostle’s Techniques to His Theology.” 318-334.

Zahl, Simeon. “The Drama of Agency: Affective Augustinianism and Galatians.” 335-352.

Kamell, Mariam J. “Life in the Spirit and Life in Wisdom: Reading Galatians and James as a Dialogue.” 353-363.

Review of Thomas R. Schreiner’s commentary available

Schreiner, Thomas R. Galatians. Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, 9. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010. 0310243726, 9780310243724.

David Luckensmeyer of Australian Catholic University has reviewed Schreiner’s commentary and you can read all about it on

This review is most concerned with the physical layout of the commentary and editorial issues and secondly with critiquing with Schreiner’s Baptist presuppositions. In summary “Schreiner offers a reasonable analysis of most verses …. it is the ideological tendencies of the author that mar an otherwise very readable commentary on Galatians.” One is left to conclude that conservatives will love this commentary whilst others will find it lacking.

24 Classic Commentaries and Studies on Galatians

Those of you who use Logos Bible Software (and even those of you who don’t) might be interested to know that they are in the process of offering 24 Classic Commentaries and Studies on Galatians. These are all public domain works so they are quite old but they are being offered through their “community pricing” model so the more people who order them, the cheaper they will be. Don’t walk, run over there and put your offer in and hopefully this will sell for under $1 per volume.

Bruce Hansen on Galatians 3:28

Last month saw the release of a new entry in the Library of New Testament Studies:

Bruce Hansen, All of You Are One: The Social Vision of Galatians 3.28, 1 Corinthians 12.13 and Colossians 3.11. (Library of New Testament Studies) T&T Clark, 2010. $120. 0567136043, 9780567136046.

This book is based on a 2007 dissertation submitted to St. Andrews and supervised by Richard Bauckham and Joel B. Green. You can read and download it here.

Here is the blurb from Amazon about his thesis:

Hansen argues that unity formula employed in “Gal 3.28”, “1 Cor 12.13” and “Col 3.11” offers equality between competing social groups. Hansen argues against prevalent views that the unity formula employed in “Gal 3.28”, “1 Cor 12.13” and “Col 3.11” reflects either a Hellenistic anthropology of ideal androgyny or a modern liberal conception of social equality. Rather, Hansen contends, attention to function and context demonstrates each epistle’s vision of social unity. Insights from ethnic theory elucidate how the epistles characterize this unity in terms of a new social identity, and the practices warranted by that identity. Furthermore, Hansen claims that because identity construction is continual, dynamic and discursive, alternate identities (e.g. ethnic, gender, religious, economic) within the new Christian communities, may be seen as influencing one another and may be termed as the collective Christian identity. Hansen employs theories from Ethnic study as tools for assessing how such overlapping identities persist and interact with one another. His analysis thereby demonstrates that the social unity promoted by this formula opposes cultural dominance by any particular group and, conversely reinforces the persistence of marginal social identities within new communities. The issue is then not one of gender equality, but of the equality that Paul wishes to develop between competing social groups.

Gordon Fee interviewed

Nijay Gupta has posted an interview with Gordon Fee regarding his Galatians commentary in the Pentecostal Commentary series. It’s quite a short interview but you might be interested to know that other than his own commentary, Fee recommends Dunn and Bruce.

Regula Fidei Commentaries

Scot McKnight has announced that he is the general editor of a new commentary series to be based on the NIV 2011 translation. The series “will focus on explaining the New Testament books in the context of the Bible’s Story and discerning how to ‘live the Story’ in our world today.” It sounds similar to what Zondervan did with the NIVAC series but will surely have a different structure.

Mike Bird mentions that Joel Willitts of North Park University will be authoring the Galatians volume. Willitts has only published a couple of articles on Galatians, both dealing with the connection between the OT and Galatians:

Willitts, Joel. “Context Matters: Paul’s Use of Leviticus 18:5 in Galatians 3:12.” Tyndale Bulletin. 54:2 (2003): 105-122.

Willitts, Joel. “Isa 54,1 in Gal 4,24b–27: Reading Genesis in Light of Isaiah.” Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der älteren Kirche. 96:3/4 (2005): 188-210.