Thursday, September 15, 2011


I am very excited to announce a conference on Douglas Campbell’s brilliant and controversial book, The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul.

It will take place at King’s College, London, on the 16th-17th December, 2011.

Please click for more details.

(This link will be updated, so you may want to bookmark the site – I have also added it to my sidebar)

We are convinced that a conference is exactly what we need for this book. Deliverance has now been reviewed in many journals, but so many – including those penned by the most prominent scholars – have (sometimes drastically) misunderstood Campbell’s central arguments. So, it is time to sit down together, flesh out what Campbell is really saying and respond accordingly, for the benefit of church and academy alike. These are exciting days for students of Paul!



At 9/15/2011 5:56 PM, Blogger Keen Reader said...

When is the 150-page edition coming out? :)

At 9/15/2011 11:01 PM, Blogger volker said...

Have a look at this one: Campbell, Douglas A., The Quest for Paul’s Gospel: A Suggested Strategy (London: T. & T. Clark, 2005).

At 9/16/2011 12:29 AM, Blogger Chris Tilling said...

We hope to publish a book from the conference, Dr.E, so that might be what you are looking for. Doug is working on a Romans commentary at the mo (and it looks REALLY good). he has an article coming out in a four positions book, too, and his response to reviews in JSNT is stunning. My review will be out in JSPL soon, and I summarise his arg. Quest was helpful, but I would really only say: best of all is to read DoG!

At 9/16/2011 6:20 AM, Blogger Peter M. Head said...

So who is going to offer a critique at this conference? Looks like a pretty sympathetic line up.

At 9/16/2011 11:32 AM, Blogger Chris Tilling said...

Thanks, Peter. A) sadly, a couple of our key (potentially) critical voices dropped out recently. But, B) we will still hear and engage with serious critical papers (I think of one by a classicist who will take Doug to task for the "speech in character" claim). C) There have been so many critical responses in reviews, which have not understood central points in DoG (such as the role and meaning of "Justification Theory"), that his central arguments deserve more extended exposition and airing in a friendly-yet-critical environment. D) Nevertheless, we hope that this will encourage serious and penetrating critical reflection, not only in papers but also in the plenary discussion which will involve scholars who will not always "yes" and "amen".

Hope you are well,


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