Dr William S Campbell
Dr William S Campbell BA; PhD
Reader in Biblical Studies (Postgraduate Supervisor)
Tel: +44 1570 424 915
Supervision of postgraduate students
I have formerly taught at Sunderland, Selly Oak Colleges Birmingham, and Kings College London Faculty of Education. My main work has been in Biblical Studies, but included Christian Ethics and Religious Education, both secondary and primary. In Westhill College, Selly Oak, I was Head of the Department of Religious and Theological Studies for 19 years and Reader for 3years. I was instrumental with Professor John Ferguson, President of the Selly Oak Colleges, in setting up the Centre for the Study of Judaism and Jewish- Christian Relations.
I was also involved with the Centre for the Study of Islam, and instituted a Birmingham University Bachelor of Theology degree in two modes, one for Christian theological education, the other designed to equip young Muslims for the teaching profession
I am a member of SNTS and jointly lead a seminar on “Reading Paul in Context: Theological and Social Scientific Approaches”. I have been a regular participant in SBL Meetings for over 30 years, having been a member of two decade–long seminars, the results of which have been published in widely recognized volumes, Pauline Theology (4 volumes) and Romans Through History and Culture (10 volumes). I have been editor of the Journal of Beliefs and Values, the official journal of AULRE for nearly 38 years.
In Lampeter and Trinity Saint David, my main work has centred around postgraduate studies, working at Diploma, MA and PhD levels. I have successfully supervised almost 30 PhD candidates, of whom about one third have published their dissertations and many of whom are lecturing at university level.
My main research area is Christian Origins, especially in relation to Judaism. To perceive Christianity as without roots in Judaism is to misinterpret history, and to misunderstand the nature of Christianity.
My current research continues in Pauline Theology in its relation to Judaism, in Christian Identity formation, and in Pauline anthropology (supervision). I am currently writing a monograph, entitled, Covenantal Theology and Participation in Christ: Locating Gentiles in the Divine Economy. Recent papers written for forthcoming publications include “Reading Paul in Relation to Judaism, “Paul, Anti-Semitism, and Early Christian Identity-Making”, and “A Remnant Will Be Saved”.
My main competence lies in teaching, encouraging and promoting students to be teachers who take seriously the biblical texts in their con text, and the relevance of these for the values and well-being of contemporary multicultural, multi-faith society.
My three main books are : Paul’s Gospel in an Intercultural Context: Jew and Gentile in the Letter to the Romans(Peter Lang), Paul and the Creation of Christian Identity (T&T Clark and Edicoes Loyola, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Portuguese edition) and Unity and Diversity in Christ: Interpreting Paul in Context(Wipf and Stock). I have edited, and contributed widely to, other publications, being a contributor to the ‘Festschrifts’ for Robert Jewett, Ekkehard Stegemann, Bengt Holmberg, John T Williams, Jerome Murphy O’Connor and Joseph Fitzmyer.
Keynote speaker at the Colloquium on Paul, celebrating “The Year of the Apostle Paul” at Villanova University, PA, 2008 (address published in Celebrating Paul: Festschrift in Honour of Jerome Murphy O’Connor and Joseph A Fitzmyer, ed. Peter Spitaler (Catholic Biblical Quarterly Monograph Series, Washington DC ,2011).
I was honoured to be invited to occupy the Walter and Mary Tuohy Chair in Interreligious Studies at the John Carroll University, Cleveland Ohio in 2011
In June 14, I have been invited to present the main paper on “Paul, Anti-Semitism and Early Christian Identity Making” at the Nangeroni Meeting of the Enoch Seminar in Rome, “Re-Reading Paul as a Second Temple Jewish Author”.