Douglas J. Moo on NT Revisionism (re-reading)

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Douglas J. Moo (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) professor of New Testament, Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the author of the NIV Application Commentary 2 Peter and Jud

VIDEO Moo vs. Campbell

Review of Douglas A. Campbell by D.J. Moo (Incipient Marcionism)-pdf
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However, my main focus here is on the possible dissonances that Campbell’s interpretation of Romans (and Paul) creates with other biblical material. While not entirely fair to Campbell, since he does not claim to be providing an interpretation that coheres with the broader scriptural witness, the “fit” with Scripture generally will obviously be of concern to many in- terpreters and theologians, this one among them. To mention just one such issue: How does the Johannine stress on “believing in [eis] Christ” fit with Paul’s apocalyptic construal of “deliverance”? Campbell’s repeated claim that Paul’s quarrel with the “Teacher” is, at root, a debate about two different conceptions of God (p. 184), or even two different “Gods” (p. 812) raises a  more serious question. Campbell insists that the “Teacher” is not a repre- sentative of Judaism as such, espousing instead a Jewish-influenced Chris- tian aberration. Yet his description of the “Teacher’s” program is hard at many points to differentiate from widespread Jewish views (his claim that  the “Teacher” was advocating for his view a “significant ethical advantage” and a “decisive eschatological advantage” [p. 562] sounds a lot like typical Jewish claims for their religion). And, as Campbell recognizes, in texts such as Rom 9:1–5 and 10:1–3 Paul appears to be explicitly dealing with Judaism as such. Moreover, his claim that there is “no retributive character to the God revealed to Paul by Christ” (p. 706; italics his) sets Campbell’s construal of “Paul’s God” off from the revelation of the OT God (see, e.g., Ps 62:12; Prov 24:12; Isa 59:18). Talk of  “two different gods” in this context appears to me   to leave Campbell’s construal open to the charge of incipient Marcionism.