Category Archives: Galatians 3:28

Jim Reiher on Galatians 3:28

There is a new article out on Galatians 3:28 – yes of course we need another…

Reiher, Jim. “Galatians 3: 28 – Liberating for women’s ministry? Or of limited application?” Expository Times. 123 (2012): 272-277.

Head on over and read the abstract or the article if you have access. I don’t at the moment so I’ll have to wait for them to have a free trial.


Galatians 3:28 and the Colossian Household Codes

Marianne Bjelland Kartzow, “‘Asking the Other Question’: An Intersectional Approach to Galatians 3:28 and the Colossian Household Codes.” Biblical Interpretation. 18:4-5 (2010) 363-389.

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.

Paul and Corinth; two articles on Galatians

Ekaterini G. Tsalampouni brings word of a new volume published in Greece on Paul and Corinth that includes two articles on Galatians. As you will notice, not all of the articles are in Greek.

Απόστολος Παύλος και Κόρινθος. 1950 χρόνια από τη συγγραφή των επιστολών προς Κορινθίους. Ερμηνεία -Θεολογία – Ιστορία ερμηνείας – Φιλολογία – Φιλοσοφία – Εποχή; Saint Paul and Corinth: 1950 Years Since the Writings of the Epistles to the Corinthians: Exegesis – Theology – History of Interpretation – Philology – Philosophy – St Paul’s Time. International Scholarly Conference Proceedings (Corinth, 23-25 September 2007). Edited by Constantine J. Belezos. Athens: Psichogios Publications (ΨΥΧΟΓΙΟΣ), 2009. There are two volumes: 9789604536597, 9789604536603. A sample of volume two can be seen here.

Without further ado, the two articles are:

Urs von Arx, “Gibt Paulus in 1 Kor 7 eine Interpretation von Gal 3,28? Zugleich ein Beitrag zur relativen Chronologieder Paulusbriefe.” 1.193-222.

Dieter Sänger, “Der Beitrag der Korintherbriefe zur Lokalisierungder Adressaten und zur Datierung des Galaterbriefs.” 2.619-640.

Bruce Hansen’s dissertation online

I noticed today that Bruce Hansen’s dissertation from St. Andrews is available online for download.

Bruce Hansen, “All of You Are One”: The Social Vision of Gal 3:28, 1 Cor 12:13 and Col 3:11.” PhD; University of St. Andrews, 2007.

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.