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New Book – The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul

Well, here’s a book to look forward to from Eerdmans. This looks like yet another excellent addition to the recent work on the doctrine of justification, Pauline theology, and apocalyptic. Here’s the blurb from the publisher:

This scholarly book breaks a significant impasse in much Pauline interpretation today, pushing beyond both “Lutheran” and “new” perspectives to a new, noncontractual, “apocalyptic” reading of many of the apostle’s most famous and most troublesome texts.

Douglas Campbell holds that the intrusion of an alien, essentially modern, and theologically unhealthy theoretical construct into the interpretation of Paul has disordered the broader interpretation of his thought and created many of the difficulties that scholars now struggle with. It has, in fact, produced an individualistic and contractual construct, which Campbell terms “the Justification discourse” that shares more with modern political traditions than with either orthodox theology or Paul’s first-century world. In order to counteract that influence, Campbell argues that it needs to be isolated and brought to the foreground before the interpretation of Paul’s texts begins. When that is done, new readings free from this intrusive paradigm become possible and surprising new interpretations unfold.

Demonstrating in detail how prior positions in theological and political terms affect exegesis, how commitments to either lead to bad exegetical decisions at key points, shifting the theoretical implications of certain key texts, The Deliverance of God proves itself a unique and very important work for those looking for an accurate reading of Paul’s words.


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    Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 1:38 pm | Permalink
  2. CTN wrote:

    I used one of Campbell’s essays for my honors thesis on Barth and Brunner (I believe it was on Romans 1 and natural theology) and I was incredibly impressed! Thanks for spotting this book for us.

    Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 2:16 pm | Permalink
  3. This will I suggest be one of the books, if not the book of 2009. Douglas taught me at King’s College London and he was working on it then … it’s been a wait, but it will be worth it.

    Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 8:23 am | Permalink
  4. wess wrote:

    Sounds great, I need to get on with finishing the Nathan Kerr book!

    Sunday, December 14, 2008 at 8:46 pm | Permalink
  5. dave wrote:

    This sounds really interesting; I wish it was out now because I’d like to take a look at it before my Pauline Lit class this spring.

    Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 5:08 pm | Permalink
  6. bruce hamill wrote:

    I’m looking forward to it too. Doug’s a friend from his days teaching theology in New Zealand.
    By the way Halden, I hope you’ve had a good Christmas because life is boring without your blogs to get me thinking… and it seems like a while since your last post (perhaps that better be last posting) ;-)

    Friday, January 2, 2009 at 2:20 am | Permalink
  7. Brian wrote:

    I’ve had it on order from Amazon for the last 2 months.
    I’m getting it for 40 dollars because they messed up the price.
    Churchmen need to read books like this one. I plan on preaching Romans differently with help from Campbell.

    Friday, February 13, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

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