A Discourse Analysis of Galatians and the New Perspective on Paul


In 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.

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Biographical Note

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. .

Table of contents

List of Figures and Tables
List of Abbreviations

Part 1: Theory

1 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
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.

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