In 2012 St. Andrews University hosted their fourth Scripture and Theology Conference. The focus was Galatians. I had the privilege of participating and offering a paper “Davidic Messiahship in Galatians”, which was eventually published in the JSPL 2.2. (79-96). The conference volume has just been released by Baker Academic: Galatians and Christian Theology: Justification, the Gospel, and Ethics in Paul’s Letter. The volume headlines some of the most preeminent scholars Paul in the world (N.T. Wright, Scott J. Hafemann, Bruce McCormack, Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Oliver O’Donovan, Richard B. Hays and John M.G. Barclay) as well as younger scholars who have already contributed significantly to the field of Paul and Theology (Matthew V. Novenson, Timothy G. Gombis, Volker Rabens, Simeon Zahl and Mariam J. Kamell). While I didn’t catch all the papers especially in the parallel sessions, for me the highlights of the conference were papers by:
- Tom Wright’s Messiahship in Galatians?” (notice the similarity to mine own contribution),
- Matt Novenson’s “Paul’s Former Occupation in Ioudaismos”,
- Scott J. Hafemann’s “Yaein: Yes and No to Luther’s Reading of Galatians 3:6-14”,
- Mark W. Elliott’s “Judaism, Reformation Theology, and Justification”,
- Richard B. Hays’ “Apocalyptic Poiesis in Galatians: Paternity, Passion, and Participation”,
- John M. G. Barclay’s “Grace and Countercultural Reckoning of Worth: Community Construction in Galatians”
This is an important work on Paul’s letter to the Galatians.