Constantine Campbell, Associate Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, was awarded Christianity Today’s 2014 Book of the Year award in the Biblical Studies category for Paul and Union with Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study. We asked him a few celebratory questions:
Your book won CT’s biblical studies book of the year – how does it feel to be joining a club already populated by the likes of Richard Hays, Raymond Brown, James D.G. Dunn, and D.A. Carson?
I was truly shocked. Winning any kind of award never entered my head. You just hope that it will be useful to the church and academy by offering a faithful reading of Scripture and by putting things together in a way that helps people to understand the truth. But it’s a great honor to have the book recognised in this way, especially when there is so much high calibre work being produced in biblical studies.
Suppose you had to tweet your understanding of “union with Christ” in Paul’s thought. (I’ll give you three tweets [420 characters] if you need them, but points if you can do it in 140 characters or less.) What would you tweet?
Union: spiritual, nuptial, mutual indwelling
Participation: sharing in the events of Christ’s narrative
Identification: belonging to the realm of Christ
Incorporation: built together into the body of Christ
(Easier than reading 480 pages, huh?)
Did you have a favorite biblical studies book from 2013? If so, what was it and why?
The God who became Human: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation, by former TEDS professor (and fellow Aussie) Graham Cole. It is a wonderful synthesis of exegetical and theological reading of Scripture.
Learn more about master’s programs at TEDS. Follow Con Campbell on twitter.
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