Campbell-another way to read Romans 1-3


In Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul, Brittany E. Wilson has a chapter called “Rereading Romans 1-3 Apocalyptically”.

She says that an apocalyptic reading of Paul seeks to avoid more traditional individualist readings “in which the gospel is not freely given, but necessitated by human sinfulness.” She agrees with Douglas Campbell about this but, while he reads Romans 5-8 as the heart of Paul’s apocalyptic gospel, she claims that the whole of Romans 1-8 proclaims such a gospel.

She raises some of the criticisms we have already covered that there is not enough evidence to say for sure that Roman 1:18-38 is a voice other than Paul’s.

She articulates a concern that I am also feeling when she says that Campbell seems to assume that Paul writes Romans against the same kind of opponents he faced in Galatia.

“But Paul makes no mention of these opponents in Romans…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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