Wednesday, January 2, 2013

JSPL 2.2

The Fall 2012 issue of the Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters is out (though the website is not yet updated to reflect this latest issue), and I'm proud to say that my first peer-reviewed article has been published in this issue! It has been a long process of revising, editing, and waiting to get my first publication out there, and I hope that this is just the first of many more adventures in the world of academia. The article is a revised edition of a paper I wrote for a Galatians seminar I took with Susan Eastman. She was very encouraging about submitting the paper for publication, and given that I was unfamiliar with the whole process, her guidance was without doubt one of the reasons why I have been able to get this article published. The main textbook assigned for her course was J. Louis Martyn's Anchor Bible commentary on Galatians so it was a real treat to have him join us for our final session of our graduate seminar to talk about his thoughts on Paul. Having taken a course with both Susan Eastman and Douglas Campbell, I found myself quite amiable to the "apocalyptic reading" of Paul, and consequently, this journal article demonstrates their influence on my own reading of Paul.

The title of the article is "'It Has Been Brought to Completion': Leviticus 19:18 as Christological Witness in Galatians 5:14," JSPL 2.2 (2012): 115-132. In this article, I argue that the citation of Lev 19:18 in Gal 5:14 is not a one-to-one type correspondence in which the Galatians were supposed to obey the love-command found in Lev 19:18, but instead the quotation functions to resonate with the larger context of Lev 18-26 broadly, as a witness to the love demonstrated in the person of Jesus Christ.

I haven't been able to check whether my library has the hardcopy out yet, but if you get a chance to read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the article.