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Key Influences on Con Campbell's Research for His Book "Paul and Union with Christ"

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Constantine R. Campbell's new Paul and Union with Christ is one of the most thorough treatments of one of Paul's most important, yet obtuse subjects I have seen.

As Campbell explains, "The theme of union with Christ in the writings of the apostle Paul is at once dazzling and perplexing. Its prevelance on every page of his writings demonstrates his proclivity for the concept, and yet nowhere does he directly explain what he means."

Hence this important book. And in it he engages two central concerns of Paul's scheme: what union with Christ actually is and what role it performs in Paul's theology. The manner in which he engages them is through both exegesis and theology, an unusual approach that transcends the common methodologies that neglect the one in favor of the other.

Over the next three Mondays we're going to feature three short video interviews of Campbell on his important new book. (Mounce is taking a short break for the rest of the summer and will return Sept. 16)

In this first video, Campbell shares some important influences on his work, including Robert Tannehill and Richard Gaffin.


—Jeremy Bouma, ThM (@bouma)

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