Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul: Reflections on the Work of Douglas Campbell

By Chris Tilling (editor)

A collection of extracts and essays developing the theological implications of Douglas Campbell’s ground-breaking work in the field of Pauline studies.

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New Testament studies are witnessing many exciting developments, and Douglas Campbell’s ground-breaking publications offer an important contribution to future discussions about Paul. Campbell tackles familiar problems relating to justification, ‘old’ and ‘new’ perspectives, and much more besides, in fresh and exciting ways. In doing so he sets down one profound challenge after another to all those involved in Pauline studies. As a consequence, his work demands extended and serious deliberation.

This book seeks to facilitate academic engagement with Campbell’s work in a unique way. It contains chapters summarising key themes in his thinking, reflections from friendly critics that aim to challenge or extend his ideas, and his own response to these interlocutors. In this way, the book allows readers to be drawn into a vitally important conversation. It is academic theology in the making and constitutes a cutting edge in Pauline studies.

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Dimensions 229 × 153 mm
Pages 356

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About the Author

Chris Tilling is New Testament Studies Lecturer, St Mellitus College and St Paul’s Theological Centre, and Visiting Lecturer, King’s College London. He is the author of Paul’s Divine Christology (2012).


Foreword by Eddie Adams
List of Contributors
Introduction by Chris Tilling

Part One: Campbell and the Problem
1. A Review of Douglas Campbell’s The Deliverance of God from a Theological Perspective / Alan J. Torrance
2. Luther and the Deliverance of God / Graham Tomlin
3. The Current Crisis: The Capture of Paul’s Gospel by Methodological Arianism / Douglas A. Campbell
4. Campbell’s Apocalyptic Gospel and Pauline Athanasianism / Chris Tilling
5. “Arian” Foundationalism or “Athanasian” Apocalypticism: A Patristic Assessment / J. Warren Smith
6. Connecting the Dots: One Problem, One Text, and the Way Ahead / Douglas Campbell
7. A Response to Campbell’s “Connecting the Dots” / David Hilborn
8. The Legal Mind of American Christianity / Kate Bowler

Part Two: Campbell’s Solution: An Examination of Key Themes
9. Rereading Romans 1-3 / Douglas A. Campbell
10. Beyond Reasonable Hope of Recognition? Prosopopoeia in Romans 1:18-3:8 / Robin Griffith-Jones
11. Rereading Romans 1-3 Apocalyptically: A Response to Douglas Campbell’s “Rereading Romans 1-3” / Brittany E. Wilson
12. Rereading Paul’s ΔIKAIO-Language / Douglas A. Campbell
13. Reading Paul’s ΔIKAIO-Language. A Response to Douglas Campbell’s “Rereading Paul’s ΔIKAIO-Language” / Scott Hafemann
14. Campbell’s Faith: Advancing the Pistis Christou Debate / Chris Tilling
15. The Faith of Jesus Christ: An Evangelical Conundrum / Curtis W. Freeman

Appendix A: Covenant and Contract, a Study of the Theological Background of Worship in Seventeenth-Century Scotland / James B. Torrance
Appendix B: The Contribution of McLeod Campbell to Scottish Theology / James B. Torrance

Ancient Sources Index
Modern Author Index
Subject Index


Endorsements and Reviews

Campbell’s work is undoubtedly one of the most important ‘game-changing’ contributions to New Testament scholarship in recent times. But as these excellent essays show clearly, its significance extends far beyond the biblical guild, for Campbell is provoking us to rethink some of the most profound and far-reaching issues facing the church today. He deserves to be far more widely known, and this collection will doubtless further that end.
Jeremy Begbie, Duke University, North Carolina

Douglas Campbell has generated a conversation that crosses all theological disciplines – exegetical, historical, systematic, ethical/political. That conversation, on full and brilliant display here, is contending for nothing less than the gospel of Jesus Christ. The issues matter profoundly. These essays, by Campbell and by those who would support, correct, and criticise his work, also matter. No arcane Paul scholarship here; essential reading for every theologian.
Douglas Harink, The King’s University College, Canada

All interested in the doctrine of justification should read and study this book.
Armand J. Boehme, in Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vol 23, Issue 2