Paul: An Apostle's Journey

Douglas A. Campbell
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
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Cover of Professor Douglas Campbell's new book showing image of the apostle Paul

Douglas A. Campbell, Ph.D., professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School, has written a new book recounting the ministry of the apostle Paul and offering powerful insights into his mind and his influential message over the centuries.

The book, Paul: An Apostle's Journey, was published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. in January. While telling the story of Paul’s action-packed ministry, Campbell also follows the growth of Paul’s thought as it developed stimulated by his missionary work and his physical toils and travels, especially his periods in prison.

Campbell closely examines the 13 letters gathered in the New Testament that bear Paul’s name and comprise 25 percent of that part of the Bible, working in detail with the 10 that he holds to be authentic—a high estimate in relation to much of the current scholarly consensus. (Campbell argued in an earlier book on Paul that it has not been sufficiently proven that Ephesians, Colossians, and 2 Thessalonians were not written by Paul.)

In Paul: An Apostle's Journey, Campbell invites readers of all levels to reimagine the story of Paul, beginning with his dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus, continuing with his world-altering ministry and the world-altering theology, concluding finally with his arrest and eventual execution by agents of the Roman Empire. The book is ideal for students, individual readers, introductory courses on the New Testament and on Paul, and for discipleship groups for Christians.

A world-renowned Pauline scholar, known for being insightful and provocative, Campbell has written several books on Paul, including The Deliverance of God: An Apocalyptic Rereading of Justification in Paul and Framing Paul: An Epistolary Biography.

See a video interview from Eerdmans of Campbell titled “Douglas A. Campbell on Paul: An Apostle’s Journey.”

Hear a podcast by The Broad Space: A Podcast of Faith and Culture reviewing the book and talking to Campbell; and a second podcast by Carlos Rodriguez at Drop The Stones, “You Have Issues With Paul?” (Episode 8).