Keener’s Galatians Commentary: Giveaway (Gupta)

KeenerGood news! I have a copy of Craig Keener’s brand new Galatians commentary (Baker, 2019) that I am going to give away. But this giveaway does require a bit of participation. Since I am blogging through a series on women, I thought we could also focus this giveaway on that theme.

Who is your favorite woman theologian or Bible scholar and why, and which work do you most appreciate? (or it can be a quick word about a female theologian you are reading now that you find intellectually stimulating)

Comment on the blog with the name of the female scholar, a key work, and why you admire her. (see some rules below)

I had a chance to chat with Craig Keener today about this. Craig has long supported and encouraged women in ministry and the academy. I asked him which female scholar he has appreciated lately, and he mentioned Cherith Fee Nordling. Good choice, Craig!

Guidelines and Rules:

  • Leave a comment on the blog with: name of female Bible scholar/theologian, a key work, and why you appreciate her
  • You can enter only once
  • Comments/entries must be on the blog, not social media. You are welcome to also mention favorites on social media, but for it to “count,” it has to be on the blog (so I don’t miss any entries)
  • Geographic Limitations: I can only give the book away to someone in the contiguous United States. Anyone can leave a comment, but the winner of the book must be in the contiguous USA. [Sorry to my overseas friends; please mention you are overseas if you choose to leave a comment]
  • Payment for Shipping: I will ask the winner to pay for shipping. Keep in mind, Keener’s commentary is over 800 pages and hardcover. You can pay me via check, Venmo, or hand me $$$ at SBL/AAR. I know this seems like an expensive giveaway, but otherwise I have to pay shipping out of my pocket. (If you live in Oregon, you are welcome to come pick it up for free!)
  • I will end the giveaway next Friday, 11:59PM PST (May 31).
  • The winner will be selected at random
  • If there are less than 5 comments, the giveaway will be postponed to another occasion. 



47 thoughts on “Keener’s Galatians Commentary: Giveaway (Gupta)

  1. E. Anne Clements, Mother’s in the Margins?, the book explores the significance of women in Matthews genealogy. It does not castigate the women but shows their covenantal relationship to the coming Christ.

  2. I very much appreciate the work of Thomist scholar and theologian Eleonore Stump. Her book “Aquinas” in the Routledge philosophers series helped me realize the importance and relevance of Aquinas for theological work. She always challenges me to think more deeply and carefully about Aquinas.

  3. Although I’ve recently enjoyed working through Lynn Cohick’s Philippians Commentary, for this entry I am going to go with Morna Hooker. Her contributions to the study of both the Gospels and Paul are impressive. A friend of mine (Brent Kinman) did his doctoral work under her supervision at Cambridge. Her 1966 article “Hard Sayings: 1 Corinthians 3:2” proved to be very influential for a paper that I wrote on 1 Corinthians.

    Honorable mentions go to both Candida Moss and Margaret M. Mitchell.

  4. Cindy Westfall for sure! Her book Paul and Gender is a must read. She’s also a really sweet, engaging, and caring individual, so I value her work for her thoroughness and personal character.

  5. I’d have to mention Cindy Westfall. Paul and Gender was life changing for me. Her linguistic approach and focus on the socio-historical context is the proof that there is no need to propose a “different interpretation” for readers to be able to see Paul as subverting some stereotypes. Dr. Westfall is also one of the sweetest and most caring scholars I know of, so I value her work because of this as well.

  6. I’ll pay to ship it to Canada!

    My favourite is Marianne Meye Thompson, and her commentary on John (New Testament Library). I think it’s the best available commentary on John. She doesn’t got bogged down in the secondary debates or minute details, so she’s able to say a whole lot in a modest page count. It’s refreshing, charitable in tone, and engaging in style.

  7. Molly Marshall serves as the President of Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, KS. She recently announced her retirement in the year 2020. She has written a wonderful little book on the theology of the Holy Spirit called Joining the Dance. She is also currently writing the volume on 1-2 Thessalonians in the Belief series (WJK). I am thankful for her wisdom and generative leadership.

  8. Fleming Rutledge. While recovering from a heart attack I read The Crucifixion, where she pretty exhaustively covered (among other things, and I admit I didn’t fully understand it all) each theory of the atonement. A truly magisterial work.

  9. Well, I am NOT entering the giveaway but wanted to mention that I appreciate Dr. Lynn Cohick. Her book Women in the World of the Earliest Christians was helpful and enlightening. Thanks for your blog series on women.

  10. My favorite female scholar is Sandra Richter. She makes the Old Testament easy to understand and combines it with great depth of scholarship. She communicates deep OT truths in light of the Gospel.

  11. She was not a professional theologian, but I have learned much from Dorothy L. Sayers, particularly her essays on Dante and those collecyed in Creed or Chaos.

    In the Biblical studies world, there’s Elizabeth Achtemeier and Adele Berlin, both of whom are a pleasure to read.

  12. There are a number of scholars who are women who have influenced me. Lynn Cohick is a go to for me. I require my students to use Cohick, Burge, and Green’s New Testament in Antiquity textbook and recently worked through her excellent commentary on Philippians. I read/listen to her interviews/articles whenever I see them because she always brings something great to the conversation. If you haven’t heard the podcast she did for a while with Ed Stetzer (Theology for Life) I highly recommend it! I read Sandra Richter’s Epic of Eden a couple months ago and it was excellent and impactful. Karen Hobe’s Letters to the Church is an excellent text on the catholic epistles and her perspective on Apollos as the author of Hebrews informed my position. I could keep going as there are many… sadly not enough – which is a loss for the church.

  13. Beverly Roberts Gaventa, When in Romans. I love how she thinks outside the box but is also very careful with the text.

  14. Karen Jobes. I love her textbook, Letters to the Church, as well as her Invitation to the Septuagint. I appreciate her careful scholarship and rich theological reflection. She never seems rushed and takes time to mentor younger scholars. She’s been a huge encouragement to me! (I realize I live in Canada, but if I win you can pop the commentary in my daughter’s mailbox at Fox and I’ll get it from her later).

  15. A female Bible scholar I’ve read and deeply appreciated most recently is Lucy Peppiatt. Her book Women and Worship at Corinth offered an extremely intriguing prospect toward moving past some of the persistent questions that plague interpretations of 1 Cor 11:2-16. Her attentiveness to the text and the depth to which she applied her diatribe hypothesis to the passage was awesome!

  16. I appreciate Amy-Jill Levine. She writes stimulating and entertaining papers. Her in-person lecturing is moving and engaging. She is kind in person and via email. She is engaged in helping Christians better understand the NT, and her recent commentary with Ben Witherington demonstrates her commitment to dialogue and cooperation. She is a scholar of the highest caliber.

  17. I will mention Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza both for her role as editor of “Searching the Scriptures” and for “But She Said”. I appreciate a scholarly examination of scripture from a feminist point of view.

    I have also been working my way through Sally Douglas’s “Early Church Understandings of Jesus as the Female Divine”, which is intriguing.

  18. My answer to both questions is that I don’t know any female theologians/Bible scholars.

    (Yes, this is my entry)

      1. I’m not sure that Fleming Rutledge is considered a “scholar,” but I am find myself on page 325 of The Crucifixion. Don’t always agree, but find her writing and research to be insightful and worshipful.

  19. Lynn Cohick, Women in the World of the Earliest Christians. I’ve met Lynn at past ETS/SBLs, and she has been very gracious to me, answering questions that I’ve asked, even offering encouragement after a paper I read. Thanks, Lynn!

  20. Katharine Sonderegger, Systematic Theology: vol 1. Lucid, captivating, and worshipful manifesto for the unity of the Triune God

  21. Karen Jobes, esp. her work on 1 Peter; shaped my understanding of the letter in important ways (unfortunately, I’m overseas, so no winner here). Also loving what I’ve read from Lynn Cohick.

  22. I recently started Cynthia Long Westphal’s Paul and Gender. I appreciate her attention to Paul’s entire body of work and not just isolated passages. I’ve also learned much from her engagement with Greco-Roman sources.

  23. I’m not sure about her work in biblical studies, but theologian Ada María Isasi-Díaz is hands down one of the most intriguing individuals on some of my most practical work. I look mostly to the 10th anniversary expansion of Mujerista Theology titled “En La Lucha / In the Struggle.” She captures such a unique perspective and offers a glimpse into a practical theology of what it means to struggle in America via the environmental pressures of a patriarchy upon everyday Latina life.

  24. Phyllis Tribble. Old School. She’s one of the pioneer female scholars who made headway for other female scholars in the field of Biblical Criticism from the point of view of the developing feminist Biblical criticism movement. I love her “God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality” and “Rhetorical Criticism : Context, Method, and the Book of Jonah,” both from Fortress Press.

    Dr. Nijay Gupta, should I win, I can ask this to be delivered to Georgia, where a female Pastor friend can have it delivered to me to South Korea. Possible? 🙂

  25. Lynn Cohick. Her work on women in early Christianity is fantastic. I particularly enjoy Christian Women in the Patristic World, and Women in the World of the Earliest Christians. Since the historical argument is often used against the egalitarian position, Dr. Cohick’s work has been a very helpful contribution to the conversation.

  26. Clare Rothschild. Her monograph -Luke-Acts and the Rhetoric of History- is a model of cogent argumentation.

  27. I’ve used Joyce Baldwin’s commentaries on Samuel, Esther, Daniel, along with Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi, in the TOTC series for many years to advantage. I know that’s not a recent choice, but the first one that came to mind. If you wanted more recent, I’ve been using Karen Jobes’ 1,2,3 John (ZECNT) lately too.

  28. Hi. I’ve been reading through Cynthia Long Westfall’s Paul and Gender and it’s been very fruitful for thinking through the Pauline texts on men and women. Excellent work!

  29. So many to chose from…Fleming Rutledge’s Crucifixion is a great read as is Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ. She articulates a particular view with clarity, grounded in both theological history and scripture.

  30. The late Joyce Baldwin … I am currently utilizing her commentary on I & II Samuel … her scholarship is reliable and concise.

  31. I have a great appreciation for Sandra Richter. Of all the books I’ve recommended to laypeople her Epic of Eden has by far received the most positive response. And extra bonus points to her for being a Gordon-Conwell grad with a strong Wesleyan bent.

  32. Marianne Meye Thompson.
    John: A Commentary (New Testament Library: 2015)

    This is first time I have ever been given the question of who is my favorite female Bible scholar, but Dr. Marianne Meye Thompson was the first person to come to mind. There isn’t anything by Dr. Thompson that I have not appreciated. Her commentary on John was particularly insightful, especially the excursuses on the themes in John’s Gospel. I also appreciated her focus on the narrative development of the characters in the Gospel narrative.

    Beyond her really excellent work on John, I have also appreciated her article, “Teaching the Bible to Your Children: The Risks and Rewards,” helpful. As a father of 3 (soon to be 4), I am often wrestling with questions such as: How do I teach my kids the Bible without dumbing it down? How can I teach them the Bible in a way that leads them to grow into faith, hope and love? Will the way I teach them the Bible have the opposite effect and lead them away from Jesus? Dr. Thompson’s article (co-author with her husband, John) addresses all of these concerns and offers instructive and helpful ideas and family practices.

  33. I haven’t read many books written by female authors yet (but have many in the queue!).

    I think the most impactful female scholar would have to be Allison Quient. Her contribution to the “Split Frame of Reference Podcast” has been greatly beneficial to understanding the issue of ‘women in ministry’and properly understanding it all with the bible and cultural context.

    I know she contributes elsewhere (Conferences and such).

    Further, her honesty on twitter is refreshing. I suggest giving her a follow!

  34. I think Cherith Fee-Nordling is among my top favorites given her gracious tone in person, and how she does not separate academic from “spiritual.” I could listen to her lectures all day! Following closely would be Nancy L. deClaisse-Walford (I love her work on the Psalms) and Marriane Meye Thompson’s work on John, as well as Morna Hooker’s treatment of Paul which I find refreshing.

  35. Mariam J. Kamell Kovalishyn has been very influential to me. I have interacted with her work in a few commentaries and books. I greatly enjoy study on the Epistle of James, and her work has depth yet is easy to follow. I look forward to other works she will produce.

  36. Fleming Rutledge. Her book on the crucifixion tightened up so many things for me while I was wrestling through the biblical picture of the atonement. I think it is superior to Stotts’ work on the same subject, and recommend it to anyone whenever I get the chance.

    Also, Fleming Rutledge is active on Twitter!! She isn’t out of touch with people at all! She is a preacher, theologian and a social media presence!? Such a good and thought provoking voice for our current cultural moment.

  37. Dorothy Sayers and Christina Rossetti are enduring favorites, but lately I’ve been appreciating Kathleen A. Farmer’s work on Proverbs, she is lucid and concise without being pedestrian with refreshing insights.

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