Douglas Campbell on Justification

Duke professor Douglas Campbell’s much-anticipated new book on Paul’s soteriology, and justification in particular, will soon be out. The title is The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul. This HUGE volume (almost 1400 pages!) will be a controversial book, to put it mildly. In substance, Campbell’s overall reading of Paul is very similar to mine, especially as articulated in Inhabiting the Cruciform God, though we do not agree on some major issues and arrive at our conclusions differently and separately.

Here is my blurb for his new book:

Douglas Campbell’s continuation of the quest for Paul’s gospel is a bold exercise in deconstruction and reconstruction. One may disagree with parts of his analysis, or take a somewhat different route to the same destination, but there is no doubt in my mind about his overall thesis: for Paul, justification is liberative, participatory, transformative, Trinitarian, and communal. This is a truly theological and ecumenical work with which all serious students of Paul must now come to terms.

The price is phenomenally low ($60) for the length, and Amazon’s discount is currently 37%.

Campbell uses the word “theosis” at least twice in this book. He also has an argument for nonviolence grounded in Paul. Both of these are of course near and dear to my heart.

Returning to a missional hermeneutic next week.

4 Responses to “Douglas Campbell on Justification”

  1. Hey Michael.

    I wonder- is this his extension of his previous work, The Quest for Paul’s Gospel?



  2. MJG says:

    Yes, Matt, it continues the arguments of “Quest” and offers a new reading especially of Romans 1-4.

  3. Brian says:

    I can’t wait for this book. The quest was very helpful. I am going to preach from the new one especially in Romans.

  4. MJG says:


    His treatment of Romans 1-4 will be very controversial, and I’m not persuaded. But his treatment of Romans 5-8 is brilliant.

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