A Discourse Analysis of Galatians and the New Perspective on Paul, David I. Yoon outlines discourse analysis from the framework of Systemic Functional Linguistics for analyzing Paul’s letter to the Galatians. From this analysis, he determines whether the context of situation better reflects the New Perspective on Paul, covenantal nomism, or a more traditional perspective, legalism.
The first half of the book introduces the New Perspective on Paul and discourse analysis, followed by a detailed model of SFL discourse analysis with respect to register and context of situation. The second half is a discourse analysis of Galatians. This is the first monograph-length study to address the New Perspective on Paul from a linguistic approach, and will as such be of great interest to scholars of Pauline Studies, linguistics, and theology.
David I. Yoon, PhD (2018), McMaster Divinity College, is Lecturer in Greek at MDC (Hamilton, ON, Canada). He is co-editor of
Paul and Gnosis with Stanley E. Porter (Brill, 2015) and has published several journal articles and book chapters. .
"Anyone employing discourse analysis in biblical studies should engage with this illuminating study" - Andrew Boakye, in:
Journal for the Study of the New Testament 42:5, 2020
Preface Acknowledgements List of Figures and Tables List of Abbreviations
Part 1: Theory
An Introduction to the New Perspective on Paul 1 A Brief Survey of the New Perspective and Covenantal Nomism 2 Covenantal Nomism and Legalism 3 Conclusion
2 A Definition and Survey of Discourse Analysis 1 The Development of Discourse Analysis in Linguistics 2 Discourse Analysis in New Testament Studies 3 Conclusion
3 Introduction to SFL Discourse Analysis with Reference to Register 1 An Overview of SFL Discourse Analysis 2 Register and Context of Situation 3 Three Contextual Components of Register 4 Conclusion
Part 2: Analysis
4 Mode Analysis of Galatians 1 Cohesion 2 Thematization 3 Prominence 4 Conclusion 5 Outline of Galatians
5 Field Analysis of Galatians 1 Transitivity Network 2 Lexis 3 Conclusion 4 Excursus: The Meaning of ἔργα νόμου: A Response to Dunn Considering Lexical Semantics and Case Semantics 5 A Brief Overview of Lexical Semantics 6 Case Semantics of the Genitive 7 Analysis of ἔργα νόμου in the Pauline Corpus 8 Conclusion
6 Tenor Analysis of Galatians 1 Speech Functions 2 Social Roles 3 Conclusion
7 A Summary and a Contextual Configuration of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians
Appendix 1: Thematization in Galatians
Appendix 2: Transitivity Network in Galatians
Appendix 3: Speech Functions in Galatians Bibliography Author Index Scripture Index
Those interested in linguistics, Pauline studies and theology, and especially Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Relevant audiences are biblical scholars, graduate students, and theological libraries.