Unity and Diversity in Christ: Interpreting Paul in Context – Collected Essays

By William S. Campbell

A collection of essays re-examining the writings and legacy of St Paul, emphasising the continuity between his epistles and his Jewish roots.

ISBN: 9780227176443


The legacy of Pauline scholarship, from ancient to modern, is characterised by a surfeit of unsettled, conflicting conclusions that often fail to interpret Paul in relation to his Jewish roots. William S. Campbell takes a stand against this paradigm, emphasising continuity between Judaism and the Christ-movement in Paul’s letters. Campbell focusses on important themes, such as diversity, identity and reconciliation, as the basic components of transformation in Christ. The stance from which Paul theologises is one that recognises and underpins social and cultural diversity and includes the correlating demand that because difference is integral to the Christ-movement, the enmity associated with difference cannot be tolerated. Thus, reconciliation emerges as a fundamental value in the Christ-movement. Reconciliation, in this sense, respects and does not negate the particularities of the identity of Jews and those from the nations. In this paradigm, transformation implies the re-evaluation of all things in Christ, whether of Jewish or gentile origin.

Additional information

Dimensions 229 × 153 mm
Pages 280

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About the Author

William S. Campbell is Reader in Biblical Studies at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.



1. Trajectories of Conversations with Paul and Others
2. The Contribution of Traditions to Paul’s Theology (1993)
3. The Rule of Faith in Romans 12:1-15:13 (1995)
4. Divergent Images of Paul and His Mission (2000)
5. “All God’s Beloved in Rome!”: Jewish Roots and Christian Identity (2004)
6. “As Having and as Not Having”: Paul, Circumcision, and Indifferent Things in 1 Corinthians 7:17-32a (2006/7)
7. Unity and Diversity in the Church: Transformed Identities and the Peace of Christ in Ephesians (2008)
8. The Addressees of Paul’s Letter to the Romans: Assemblies of God in House Churches and Synagogues (2010)
9. “Let us Maintain Peace” (Rom 5:2): Reconciliation and Social Responsibility (2011)
10. Universality and Particularity in Paul’s Understanding and Strategy of Mission (2011)
11. “I Rate All Things as Loss”: Paul’s Puzzling Accounting System: Judaism as Loss or the Re-evaluation of All Things in Christ? (2012)

Index of Scriptural Passages
Index of Modern Authors


Endorsements and Reviews

Campbell has led the challenge to traditional approaches on a number of topics arising in Romans and throughout the Pauline corpus. Anyone interested in Paul’s Jewish roots, diversity within the Christ movement, and the formation of identity in the Pauline communities will be richly rewarded for making Campbell a conversation partner. His style is clear and readable, informed by the most recent research, and always thought-provoking.
Mark D. Nanos, University of Kansas

With particular attention to Paul’s letter to the Romans, Campbell’s work is deeply informed by modern theorists and is methodologically sophisticated. His explorations of the relationship between theology and context often lead to original insights. This is one of the best works available today on the nature of Paul’s theology.
Margaret Y. MacDonald, St Francis Xavier University

Rigorously insistent on reading Paul’s letters in their historical and rhetorical contexts, yet ever aware of the consequences for us as we deal with issues of identity and diversity today, these are important essays. No reader of Paul can afford to miss them.
Neil Elliott, author of The Arrogance of Nations