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 (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2015

Eastman, S. “Double participation and the responsible: Self in romans 5–8.” Apocalyptic Paul: Cosmos and Anthropos in Romans 5-8, 2013, pp. 93–110.

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

Eastman, S. “Reading Scripture in the Light of Christ.” Communicating the Word, Georgetown University Press, 2011.

Eastman, S. “Galatians.” The New Interpreter’s Bible One Volume Commentary, edited by B. Gaventa and D. Petersen, Abingdon, 2010.

Eastman, S. “Israel and Divine Mercy in Galatians and Romans.” Between Gospel and Election: Explorations in the Interpretation of Romans 9-11, edited by F. Wilk and J. R. Wagner, Mohr-Siebeck, 2010.

Eastman, S. “"Exegetical Perspectives".” Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, edited by D. Bartlett and B. B. Taylor, Westminster John Knox, 2010.

Eastman, S. G. “Imitating Christ imitating us: Paul's educational project in Philippians.” Word Leaps the Gap, William B Eerdmans, 2008, pp. 427–51.

Eastman, S. G. “The Lord's Prayer.” Prayer: Christian and Muslim Perspectives, edited by D. Marshall and L. Mosher, Georgetown University Press.

Eastman, S. “Mercy/Compassion.” Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology, Oxford 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, Eerdmans.


Eastman, Susan. “The Life of Paul for Today.” Interpretation a Journal of Bible and Theology, vol. 66, no. 1, Jan. 2012, pp. 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, vol. 56, no. 3, July 2010, pp. 367–95. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0028688510000056. Full Text

Eastman, S. “Sin's wages and God's gift in the divine economy: Reflections on romans 7 and the cleansing of the temple in john 2:13-17.” Expository Times, vol. 121, no. 7, Apr. 2010, pp. 342–45. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0014524610363224. Full Text

Eastman, S. “Philippians 2:6-11: Incarnation as Mimetic Participation.” Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters, vol. 1, no. 1, 2010.

Eastman, S. “The foolish father and the economics of grace.” Expository Times, vol. 117, no. 10, Dec. 2006, pp. 402–05. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0014524606067176. Full Text

Eastman, S. G. “‘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, vol. 28, no. 3, Jan. 2006, pp. 309–36. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0142064X06063245. Full Text

Eastman, S. “Whose apocalypse? The identity of the sons of God in Romans 8:19.” Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 121, no. 2, Jan. 2002, pp. 263–77. Scopus, doi:10.2307/3268356. Full Text

Eastman, S. “The Evil Eye and the Curse of the Law: Galatians 3.1 Revisited.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament, vol. 24, no. 83, Sage Publications, 2002, pp. 69–87. Manual, doi:10.1177/0142064X0202408304. Full Text

Eastman, S. G. Imagery, Gendered: Pauline Literature. Edited by J. O’ Brien, Oxford University Press.