Paul and the Hope of Glory
A Unique Study of Pauline Eschatology that Is Both Exegetical and Theological One of the trajectories coming out of Constantine Campbell's award-winning book Paul and Union with Christ is the significance of eschatology for the apostle. Along with union...
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A Unique Study of Pauline Eschatology that Is Both Exegetical and Theological
One of the trajectories coming out of Constantine Campbell's award-winning book Paul and Union with Christ is the significance of eschatology for the apostle. Along with union with Christ, eschatology is a feature of Paul's thinking that affects virtually everything else.
While union with Christ is the "webbing" that joins Paul's thought together, eschatology provides the "shape" of his thought, and thus gives shape to his teaching about justification, resurrection, the cross, ethics, and so forth. There is considerable debate, however, about Paul's eschatology, asking whether he is a "covenant" or an "apocalyptic" theologian.
In Paul and the Hope of Glory Campbell conducts a thorough exegetical study of the relevant elements of Paul's eschatological language, metaphors, and images including "parousia," "the last day," "inheritance," "hope," and others. He examines each passage in context, aiming to build inductively an overall sense of Paul's thinking. The results of this exegetical study then feed into a theological study that demonstrates the integration of Paul's eschatological thought into his overall theological framework.
The study is comprised of three parts:
The first part introduces the key issues--both exegetical and theological--and sets the parameters and methodology of the book. It also offers an historical survey of the scholarly work produced on Paul's eschatology through the twentieth century to the present day. The second part contains the detailed exegetical analysis, with chapters on each important Pauline phrase, metaphor, and image related to eschatology. The third part turns its attention to theological synthesis. It recapitulates relevant conclusions from the evidence adduced in part two and launches into theological discussion engaging current issues and debates.
This volume combines high-level scholarship and a concern for practical application of a topic currently debated in the academy and the church. More than a monograph, this book is a helpful reference tool for students, scholars, and pastors to consult its treatment of any particular instance of any phrase or metaphor that relates to eschatology in Paul's thinking.
Constantine R. Campbell (Ph.D., Macquarie University) is Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. Previously, Dr Campbell was senior lecturer in Greek and New Testament at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia.
Dr Campbell is the author of numerous scholarly works on New Testament Greek: Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek (Zondervan, 2008); Verbal Aspect and Non-Indicative Verbs: Further Soundings in the Greek of the New Testament (Peter Lang, 2008); Verbal Aspect, the Indicative Mood, and Narrative: Soundings in the Greek of the New Testament (Peter Lang, 2007) and Keep Your Greek: Strategies for Busy People (Zondervan, 2010); Colossians and Philemon: A Handbook on the Greek Text (Baylor University Press, 2013); Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament (Zondervan, 2015); and, with Richard J Gibson, Reading Biblical Greek Workbook: A Translation Guide to Mark 1-4 (Zondervan, 2017), and Reading Biblical Greek: A Grammar for Students (Zondervan, 2017).
Dr Campbell has also authored other works ranging from commentary and theology to gospel outreach, including: Paul and Union with Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study (Zondervan, 2012), winner of the 2014 Christianity Today Book Awards; Outreach and the Artist: Sharing the Gospel with the Arts (Zondervan, 2013), 1, 2 & 3 John: The Story of God Bible Commentary (Zondervan, 2017), and Not Ashamed: 2 Timothy (Aquila, 2008).
In addition to his achievements in scholarship and teaching, Dr Campbell is a gifted jazz saxophonist, who continues to play at professional level, and has recorded with such talents as James Morrison and The Idea of North. Dr Campbell is also the presenter of a seven-part documentary series In Pursuit of Paul the Apostle.
Dr Campbell lives in Illinois with his wife and three children.