Quest for Paul's Gospel
A Suggested Strategy
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of Pages: 304
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Douglas Campbell gives a clear account of why much current description of Paul's theology, and of his gospel and of his theory of salvation, is so confused. After outlining the difficulties underlying much of the current debate he lays out some basic options that will greatly clarify the debate. He then engages with these options and shows how one offers far more promise than the others, sketching out some of its initial applications. Campbell then shows in more detail how another option -- the main alternative, and the main culprit in terms of many of our difficulties -- can be circumvented textually, in a responsible fashion. That is, we see how we could remove this option from Paul's text exegetically, and so reach greater clarity. Finally, he concludes with a 'road-map' of where future, more detailed, research into Paul needs to go if the foregoing strategy is to be carried out thoroughly. Campbell believes that by utilising this strategy Paul's gospel will be shown to be both cogent and constructive. This is volume 274 in the Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement series.
"'No serious student of Paul's theology can afford to neglect this bold book.' -- Leander E. Keck, Winkley Professor of Biblical Theology, Emeritus, Yale Divinity School, USA 'This audacious book on Paul's theology is controversial in the best sense of the word. Douglas Campbell's impassioned and clearly stated argument will provoke many responses and will reinvigorate international discussion. This is a "must read" book in the field of biblical theology.' -- Professor Robert Jewett, Heidelberg University, Germany 'No one with an interest in the interpretation of Paul's theology should ignore it.' -- Dr David G. Horrell, Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies, University of Exeter. 'In this lucid and provocative book, Douglas Campbell argues for an interpretation of Paul's gospel that emphasizes participation in Christ at the expense of "justification by faith". The result is a theological and exegetical tour de force. Campbell's trenchant and sometimes brilliant analyses will compel his readers to rethink their assumptions about Paul - even if they remain finally unpersuaded.' -- Francis Watson, Professor of New Testament Exegesis, University of Aberdeen."