Associate Research Professor of New Testament
Duke Divinity School
Durham, NC 27708-0968
B.A., Pomona College
M.Div., Yale Divinity School
Ph.D., Duke University
Susan Grove Eastman’s scholarly focus is on Paul’s letters in relationship to the formation and transformation of Christian identity. Her first book, Recovering Paul’s Mother Tongue: Language and Theology in Galatians (Eerdmans, 2006), explored Paul’s use of familial imagery to proclaim the gospel’s transforming and sustaining power in the life of Christian communities. More recent work has focused on Paul’s understanding of Israel in Galatians and Romans, and on the theme of the incarnation in Philippians. Her current research investigates questions of participation and identity formation through a close reading of key Pauline texts in their first century context and in conversation with contemporary work in the fields of cognitive psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience. With appointments in both the biblical and ministerial divisions, Dr. Eastman teaches courses on the New Testament, the Bible in the church, Pauline anthropology, and preaching Paul. Ordained in the Episcopal Church, she has served churches from New York to Alaska, in addition to her scholarly work.
- Recovering Paul’s Mother Tongue: Language and Theology in Galatians, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.
- "The Foolish Father" (Expository Times 117.10 July 2006, 402-405,
- "‘Cast out the slave woman and her son’: the Dynamics of Exclusion and Inclusion in Galatians 4.30," JSNT 28.3 March 2006, 309-336.
- “The Evil Eye and the Curse of the Law: Galatians 3:1 Revisited.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 83, September 2001.
- “Whose Apocalypse? The Identity of the Sons of God in Romans 8:19.” Journal of Biblical Literature 121.2, Summer, 2002.
- Review of Moyer V. Hubbard, New Creation in Paul’s Letters and Thought. Review of Biblical Literature. n.p. [cited 22 March, 2003].
- “The Spirit and Suffering” (review of Martin W. Mittelstadt, The Spirit and Suffering in Luke-Acts). Expository Times 117.3 (December 2005) 125- 126.
- Review of Edwin D. Freed, The Morality of Paul’s Converts. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 68 (2006) 330-331.
- Review of Francis Watson, Paul and the Hermeneutics of Faith. Journal of Biblical Literature 125.3 (Fall 2006) 610-614.
- Review of Carl R. Holladay, A Critical Introduction to the New Testament: Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ. Teaching Theology and Religion, forthcoming.
- “The Evil Eye and the Curse of the Law: Galatians 3:1 Revisited.” Southeast Council for the Study of Religion. Atlanta, March 1999.
- “Who are the Sons of God? Romans 8:19.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. Nashville, November 2000.
- “‘Become like me!’ Mimetic transformations in Galatians 4:12-20.” Southeast Council for the Study of Religion. Atlanta, March 2002.
- “‘Cast Out the Slave Woman and Her Son’: The Dynamics of Exclusion and Inclusion in Galatians 4:30.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. San Antonio, November 2004.
- “‘Rejoice, Break Forth and Shout’: Resignifying Sarah’s Story in Gal 4:21-5:1.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. San Antonio, November 2004.
- “The Text, the Whole Text, and Nothing but the Text: A Response to Frances Watson’s Paul and the Hermeneutics of Faith,” Pauline Epistles Section, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, November 2005.
- Respondent for Pauline Soteriology Session on “Gospel and Church in Paul’s Letters,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, November 2005.
- Panelist, “Discussion of the Two Horizons Biblical Commentary,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C., November 2006.
- "Philippians 2: Divine and Human Agency in Christ's Story," Annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, November 17-20, 2007
- Lectionary commentaries for "Homily Service, October 2007"
- Lectionary Homiletics, October 2007
- Working Preacher, Advent Year A.
- The Art of Biblical Interpretation
- Imitation and Transformation in the Letters of Paul
- Bible Study Programs for the Local Church
- Pauline Anthropology
- Paul’s Mother Tongue: Familial Metaphors in Paul’s Letters
- Greek Exegesis of Galatians
- Introduction to the New Testament
- Teaching at the End of the World
- Friendship and Character Formation in Philippians