Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Susan Grove Eastman, associate research professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School, was presented a Festschrift in November at the Society of Biblical Literature’s annual meeting in Boston and also had a panel review of her most recent book on the apostle Paul.

The Festschrift, Practicing with Paul: Reflections on Paul and the Practices of Ministry in Honor of Susan G. Eastman, will be available soon from Wipf & Stock Publishers. The collection of writings published in Eastman’s honor was edited by Presian R. Burroughs, assistant professor of New Testament at United Theological Seminary, and has a foreword by Richard B. Hays, George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity.

Contributors include: Duke University alumni Lisa Bowens, Presian R. Burroughs, Colin Miller, Robert Moses, Emily Peck-McClain, and Mary Schmitt; Duke Divinity School professors Charles Campbell and Douglas Campbell; and John M. G. Barclay, Beverly R. Gaventa, Michael Gorman, Doug Harink, L. Ann Jervis, Samuel Peni, and Philip Ziegler.

At the meeting, a distinguished panel reviewed Eastman’s latest book, Paul and the Person: Reframing Paul's Anthropology, published in October by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. The book reframes Paul’s understanding of human identity and personhood through explorations of ancient and contemporary conceptions of the self.

Panelists included: Jonathan Linebaugh, lecturer in New Testament at Cambridge University; Volker Rabens, New Testament faculty member at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany; and Michael Spezio, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. The panel review was moderated by Alexandra Brown, Fletcher Otey Thomas Professor in Bible at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.