Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Deliverance of God

As many of you know, Duke's very own Douglas Campbell has a new book out--The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Reading of Justification in Paul. Many of us at Duke have been involved in some fashion with the production of this gargantuan volume.

The good news is that so far DOG (as it is known among initiates) is receiving quite the praise in the blogosphere.

Loren Rosson (The Busybody) writes: "Let me start by saying that I'm in awe of The Deliverance of God. There hasn't been a book of its kind since Sanders, pressing us to take a long look behind ourselves and then ahead again with new lenses. Parts of it need to be read at least twice for proper digestion, so don't expect to breeze through it curled up on the couch with a brandy snifter. In addition to the required mental exercise is the physical, which you'll get from lugging the damn thing around: it comes in at 936 pages, 1218 including endnotes. Is it worth all the effort? Unquestionably."


Chris Tilling (Chrisendom) has even gone so far as to call it "the most important book to have been published since Sanders' Paul and Palestinian Judaism."



I’m sure there will be many more reviews to come; I just thought it worthwhile to report the good news so far.

And here's a link to go and buy the book:



  1. dang, these people are excited.

  2. Here's some more links to people talking about Campbell's book:

    Scot McKnight, “Book Comments: New Perspective's Fullness,” Jesus Creed blog (Nov 8, 2009).

    Michael Gorman, “A Foretaste of my Review of Campbell’s “Deliverance of God” (1)”  Cross Talk blog (Nov 3, 2009).

    A Foretaste of my Review of Campbell’s “Deliverance of God” (2) Cross Talk blog (Nov 5, 2009).

    Michael F. Bird, Pauline Soteriology Interviews: Douglas Campbell Part 1 Part 2 Part 3  Euangelion blog, (March 12, 2009).