Category Archives: Galatia

Richard Fellows on Chronolgoy and South Galatia

Richard Fellows has a couple of recent posts that might be of interest:

Chronology of Paul’s collection from Galatia


Paul wrote to South Galatia: some new arguments

Ken Schenck on Mutiny in Galatia

Ken Schenck is back with another article on Galatians. This one is part one and deals with the setting of Galatians, including the dating and circumstances of the Galatian letter. It is a good introduction to the issues at stake and interacts with scholars such as F. F. Bruce.

The second post is here.
and the third here.

de Roo’s Works of the Law at Qumran and in Paul reviewed

rooReview of Biblical Literature has posted Jörg Frey’s review of Jacqueline C. R. de Roo, Works of the Law at Qumran and in Paul. (New Testament Monographs, 13) Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2007. xiv + 280 pp. 1905048300, 9781905048304. $95.00. It is available from Eisenbrauns for $85.50.

We recently looked at Wright’s take on Qumran MMT and this adds material to the pot. Chapter eight deals with “justification apart from works of the law” in Galatians and there is an appendix on πίστις Χριστοῦ. Not having read the book I can only mention that Frey finds de Roo’s arguments unconvincing. Let me also mention that de Roo dates Galatians to 48 and before the Jerusalem council of Acts 15. This follows the South Galatian hypothesis and she thus identifies the events of Gal 2:1–10 with Acts 11:27–30.

Duncan Campbell on Galatia

Another dissertation with relevance to Galatia has been published online. An abstract and link to download it in pdf is available here. This dissertation is in no way biblical and has limited usefulness to Galatians’ studies but is still of interest. Campbell argues that the invasion of Celts and Gauls had a very limited impact and concludes “that the establishment of Galatia as a geopolitical entity was probably unrelated to these incursive activities as traditionally indicated by the primary sources.” His supervisor was Graham Shipley.

Campbell, Duncan Robert John. The so-called Galatae, Celts, and Gauls in the Early Hellenistic Balkans and the Attack on Delphi in 280–279 BC. PhD; University of Leicester, 2009.

SBL 2008

As you are probably aware the annual SBL meeting is in Boston this year from November 21-25. The preliminary program book has been posted and there are several sessions involving Galatians.

Without further adieu here is a list of sessions:

  • SBL22-64 Intertextuality in the New Testament Consultation

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Theme: Exploring the Pauline Letters
James Carlson, Fuller Theological Seminary
The Juxtaposition of Deuteronomy 27:26 and Leviticus 18:5 in Galatians 3:10–13 (25 min)
Discussion (5 min)

  • SBL23-11 Biblical Law

Joint Session With: Biblical Law, Rhetoric and the New Testament
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Theme: The Rhetorical Use of Biblical Law in the New Testament and Related Early Christian Texts
E. P. Sanders, Duke University
Was Paul a Prooftexter? The Case of Galatians 3 (35 min)
Discussion (25 min)

  • SBL23-35 Pauline Epistles

9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Martinus C. de Boer, Vrije Universiteit-Amsterdam
Pistis in Galatians (25 min)
Discussion (10 min)

De Boer’s Galatians commentary will be published on September 30 in the New Testament Library series and should be a big seller at the conference. I expect this to be an interesting session and for him to be a busy man

  • SBL23-44 Violence and Representations of Violence among Jews and Christians

9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Brigitte Kahl, Union Theological Seminary
“Dying Gauls” and Christ Crucified: Reimagining the Galatian Hermeneutics of Self and Other (20 min)

Kahl has written a number of articles exploring Galatians in relation to feminist studies. This article seems to be a departure from that and will explore the portrayal of Gauls in Roman times and the relationship to Christ Crucified.

  • SBL23-137 Performance Criticism of Biblical and Other Ancient Texts Consultation

4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Theme: Provoking Audience Action and Reaction
Bernhard Oestreich, Theologische Hochschule Friedensau
Oral Performance before a Split Audience: Letter Reading in Rome, Galatia, and Corinth (25 min)

  • SBL23-149 Use, Influence, and Impact of the Bible

Theme: The Use and Impact of Galatians: Reflections on Recent Research

Judith Kovacs, University of Virginia, Presiding
Judith Kovacs, University of Virginia, Panelist (10 min)
Tobias Nicklas, University of Regensburg, Panelist (20 min)
John Riches, University of Glasgow, Respondent (15 min)
Discussion (15 min)
Break (10 min)
Margaret Mitchell, University of Chicago, Panelist (20 min)
Martin Meiser, Universitaet des Saarlandes, Respondent (15 min)
Joseph Verheyden, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Panelist (10 min)
Discussion (35 min)

Unfortunately there is no abstract for this session but it will no doubt be interesting. John Riches’ commentary on Galatians in the Blackwell Bible Commentaries series was released this year: Galatians Through the Centuries ($99.95!). I’m sure it will be half off at the book booth but that still seems pricey.

  • SBL24-121 History of Interpretation

4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Theme: Abrosiaster: The Great Anonymous of Latin Exegesis
Stephen A. Cooper, Franklin and Marshall College
“The Savior’s Cross Is the Jews’ Sin and a Curse upon Them”: Ambrosiaster on Galatians 3:13 (20 min)
Discussion (30 min)

Cooper will be examining Ambrosiaster’s anti-Jewish remarks linked to Galatians 3:13 such as the one in his title.

  • SBL 25-12 Feminist Hermeneutics of the Bible

9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Theme: Showing Impact and Uses of Feminist Methodologies
Abigail April Redman, Vanderbilt University
The Allegory of Exclusion: The Shadow of Hagar on Paul’s Universal Message (? min)
Discussion (? min)

Redman asks how Paul can tell the allegory of the Gentile, female, slave Hagar when he has just made the statement that there is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, slave nor free (3:28). I will be interested to see how she fits this into the overall message of Galatians.

  • SBL 25-28 Use of Cognitive Linguistics in Biblical Interpretation

9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Theme: Cognitive Takes on Contended Texts
Jesper Tang Nielsen, Copenhagen University
The Cognitive Structures of the Concept of Atonement (30 min)

Nielsen looks at the pre-Pauline traditions associated with Galatians 1:4.

For an abstract of each session visit the SBL website or wait for the program book to arrive in your mailbox.