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The Nations in the Divine Economy


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1. Re-Imagining the Period of Christian Origins 2. The Hermeneutics of Antithesis: The Reception of Paul in Contrast to Judaism 3. Universality via Particularity 4. Association and Interaction with Judaism by Paul and His Communities 5. Paul and the Recognition of Ethnic Distinctiveness 6. The Hermeneutics of Commonality and Comparison in 2 Corinthians 3 7. The Faithfulness of God, the Remnant, and the Ethne 8. Ethne in Christ and Their Relation to Israel 9. Participation in Christ and the Transformation of Identity 10. Covenantal Hermeneutics in Paul

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William S. Campbell has taught biblical studies at Westhill College, Selly Oak, Birmingham, and the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.


Campbell's ambitious book critically engages Paul's own texts, the giants of twentieth-century Pauline scholarship, and the very latest research on ethnicity, diversity, and community in Paul's world. At once passionately felt and deeply irenic, The Nations in the Divine Economy champions both a nuanced historical portrait of the apostle and a morally lucid theology of his letters, bridging the religious studies/ divinity divide. -- Paula Fredriksen, author of Paul: The Pagans' Apostle
This is vintage Bill Campbell. He fine-tunes and develops his long-held thesis of the positive place of Israel in Paul by emphasizing three major contexts: the historical context of Paul's epistles, the context of the history of interpretation with its inevitable impact on the interpretation of Paul, and our modern context in which Campbell demonstrates post-Holocaust sensitivities and resists anti-Judaism and supercessionism. He leaves few stones unturned in his comprehensive refutations of potential objections from other interpreters of Paul. -- Robert L. Brawley, McCormick Theological Seminary
In this important and timely book, William S. Campbell, well-known for his insightful work on Paul, combines historical, theological, and socio-scientific approaches in a constructive way to shed new light on Paul's covenantal hermeneutics. A must read for all scholars of the historical Paul and the Pauline literature, the significance of the book is not limited to the scholarly world. Reconstructing the Pauline message, The Nations in the Divine Economy also speaks perceptively to issues of critical importance to those seeking mutual respect and understanding between Jews and Christians today. This is an eminently readable study engaging key questions related to continuity in the Jewish and Christian reality, written from a historically sound and theologically inspiring perspective. Highly recommended! -- Anders Runesson, University of Oslo

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