Susan Eastman

Susan Eastman

Associate Research Professor of New Testament

External address: 
046 New Divinity, Divinity School, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90967, Durham, NC 27708-0967
(919) 660-3534


Susan Grove Eastman’s scholarly focus is on Paul’s letters in relationship to the formation and transformation of Christian identity. Her first book explored Paul’s use of relational 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, imitation 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 and neuroscience. With appointments in both the biblical and ministerial divisions, Dr. Eastman teaches courses on the New Testament, the Bible in the church, and preaching Paul, and directs the Doctor of Theology program.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 2003

Selected Grants

Graduate Program Teaching Initiative awarded by Wabash Center (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2015

Eastman, S. "Apocalypse and Incarnation: Particapatory Logic of Paul's Gospel." Apocalyptic and the Future of Theology. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2012.

Eastman, S. "Reading Scripture in the Light of Christ." Communicating the Word. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2011.

Eastman, S. "Galatians." The New Interpreter’s Bible One Volume Commentary. Ed. B Gaventa and D Petersen. Nashville: Abingdon, 2010.

Eastman, S. "Israel and Divine Mercy in Galatians and Romans." Between Gospel and Election: Explorations in the Interpretation of Romans 9-11. Ed. F Wilk and JR Wagner. Tubingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 2010.

Eastman, S. ""Exegetical Perspectives"." Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary. Ed. D Bartlett and BB Taylor. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2010.

Eastman, SG. "Imitating Christ imitating us: Paul's educational project in Philippians." Word leaps the gap. Grand Rapids: William B Eerdmans, 2008. 427-451.

Eastman, S. "Double Participation and Responsible Self in Romans 5-8." Apocalyptic Paul: Cosmos and Anthropos in Romans 5-8. Baylor University Press.

Eastman, S. "Ashes on the Frontal Lobe: Cognitive Dissonance and Cruciform Cognition in 2 Corinthians." The Unrelenting God: Essays on God's Action in Scripture in Honor of Beverly Roberts Gaventa. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Eastman, S. "The Empire of Illusion: Sin, Evil and Good News in Romans." Comfortable Words: Essays in Honor of Paul F. M. Zahl. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers.

Eastman, S. "Participation in Christ." The Oxford Handbook of Pauline Studies. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.


Eastman, S. "The Life of Paul for Today." INTERPRETATION-A JOURNAL OF BIBLE AND THEOLOGY 66.1 (January 2012): 77-79.

Grove Eastman, S. "Israel and the Mercy of God: A Re-reading of Galatians 6.16 and Romans 9–11." New Testament Studies 56.3 (2010): 367-395. Full Text

Eastman, S. "Philippians 2:6-11: Incarnation as Mimetic Participation." Journal for the Study of Paul and his Letters 1.1 (2010).

Eastman, SG. "The foolish father and the economics of grace." Expository Times 117.10 (July 1, 2006): 402-405.

Eastman, SG. "'Cast Out the Slave Woman and her Son': The Dynamics of Exclusion and Inclusion in Galatians 4.30." Journal for the Study of the New Testament 28.3 (2006): 309-336. Full Text

Eastman, S. "Whose Apocalypse? The Identity of the Sons of God in Romans 8:19." Journal of Biblical Literature 121.2 (2002): 263-277.

Eastman, S. "The Evil Eye and the Curse of the Law: Galatians 3.1 Revisited." Journal for the Study of the New Testament 24.83 (2002): 69-87. Full Text

Eastman, SG. "Imagery, Gendered: Pauline Literature." Ed. J O' Brien.