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Framing Paul: An Epistolary Biography
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Framing Paul: An Epistolary Biography


Eerdmans 2014

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All historical work on Paul presupposes a story concerning the composition of his letters—which ones he actually wrote, how many pieces they might originally have consisted of, when he wrote them, where from, and why. But the answers given to these questions are often derived in dubious ways.

In Framing Paul, Douglas A. Campbell reappraises all these issues in rigorous fashion, appealing only to Paul’s own epistolary data in order to derive a basic ‘frame’ for the letters on which all subsequent interpretation can be built. Though figuring out the authorship and order of Paul’s letters has been thought to be impossible, Campbell’s Framing Paul presents a cogent solution to the puzzle.

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Key Features

  • Presents a solution to the puzzle of authorship and order of Paul’s letters
  • Reappraises the issues surrounding the composition of Paul’s letters
  • Discusses presuppositions surrounding the historical work of Paul


  • An Extended Methodological Interpetation
  • The Epistolary Backbone: Romans and the Corinthian Correspondance
  • Augmenting the Backbone: Philippians and Galatians
  • Locating the Thessalonian Correspondence
  • Locating Philemon, Colossians, and ‘Ephesians’
  • Locating Titus and 1 and 2 Timothy

Praise for the Print Edition

Once again Doug Campbell sets the cat among the pigeons! Through careful argumentation, laced with a mass of radically new suggestions, he builds an original case for a ten-letter corpus of authentic Pauline letters in a historical sequence never before proposed. All Pauline scholars, whether convinced or not, will need to give this book the careful attention it deserves.

John Barclay, Lightfoot Professor of Divinity in the Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University

Campbell’s careful, step-by-step arguments about the chronology, contexts, interconnections, and coherence of Paul's letters — apart from Acts — need to be considered seriously, and their potential implications thought through carefully, by all students of Paul.

Michael J. Gorman, Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary and University

Campbell, the author of one of the most brilliant and controversial books on Paul's soteriology ever written, here brings his immense intellectual rigor and extraordinary capacity for fresh thinking to the subject of Pauline chronology. The result is another tour de force.

Edward Adams, professor of New Testament studies, King’s College, London

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About Douglas A. Campbell

Douglas A. Campbell is associate professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School. He is the author of The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul and The Quest for Paul’s Gospel: A Suggested Strategy.

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