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Framing Paul: An Epistolary Biography

, 2014
ISBN: 9780802871510
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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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  • 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
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

  • Title: Framing Paul: An Epistolary Biography
  • Author: Douglas A. Campbell
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2014
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Pages: 490
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Paul, the Apostle, Saint; Bible. N.T. Epistles of Paul › Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • ISBNs: 9780802871510, 0802871518
  • Resource Type: text.monograph.biography
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T00:03:22Z

Dr. Campbell’s main research interests comprise the life and thought (i.e. theology and its development) of Paul with particular reference to soteriological models rooted in apocalyptic as against justification or salvation-history. However, he is interested in contributions to Pauline analysis from modern literary theory, from modern theology, from epistolary theory, ancient rhetoric, ancient comparative religion, modern linguistics and semantic theory, and from sociology. His recent publications include The Rhetoric of Righteousness in Romans 3:21-26, and he edited The Call to Serve: Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Ministry in Honour of Bishop Penny Jamieson.


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  1. Federico Apecena
    I have read this book and is really good, Campbell does not only offers his view of it, but also others analyzing them in a very fairly manner. Framing Paul is a good continuation of the Quest of Paul, helps to understand some "contradictions" between Paul's letter.


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