Jesus Remembered: Christianity in the Making, Volume 1

Jesus Remembered Christianity in the Making Volume James Dunn is regarded worldwide as one of today s foremost biblical scholars Having written groundbreaking studies of the New Testament and a standard work on Paul s theology Dunn here turns his pen

  • Title: Jesus Remembered: Christianity in the Making, Volume 1
  • Author: James D.G. Dunn
  • ISBN: 9780802839312
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Hardcover
  • James Dunn is regarded worldwide as one of today s foremost biblical scholars Having written groundbreaking studies of the New Testament and a standard work on Paul s theology, Dunn here turns his pen to the rise of Christianity itself Jesus Remembered is the first installment in what will be a monumental three volume history of the first 120 years of the faith.FocusingJames Dunn is regarded worldwide as one of today s foremost biblical scholars Having written groundbreaking studies of the New Testament and a standard work on Paul s theology, Dunn here turns his pen to the rise of Christianity itself Jesus Remembered is the first installment in what will be a monumental three volume history of the first 120 years of the faith.Focusing on Jesus, this first volume has several distinct features It garners the lessons to be learned from the quest for the historical Jesus and meets the hermeneutical challenges to a historical and theological assessment of the Jesus tradition It provides a fresh perspective both on the impact made by Jesus and on the traditions about Jesus as oral tradition hence the title Jesus Remembered And it offers a fresh analysis of the details of that tradition, emphasizing its characteristic rather than dissimilar features Noteworthy too are Dunn s treatments of the source question particularly Q and the noncanonical Gospels and of Jesus the Jew in his Galilean context.In his detailed analysis of the Baptist tradition, the kingdom motif, the call to and character of discipleship, what Jesus audiences thought of him, what he thought of himself, why he was crucified, and how and why belief in Jesus resurrection began, Dunn engages wholeheartedly in the contemporary debate, providing many important insights and offering a thoroughly convincing account of how Jesus was remembered from the first, and why.Written with peerless scholarly acumen yet accessible to a wide range of readers, Dunn s Jesus Remembered, together with its successor volumes, will be a sine qua non for all students of Christianity s beginnings.

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    1. This work provides a good summary of Jesus research to the time of its writing, and the first half of the work provides an interesting discussion on the relationship between faith and scholarship. Overall, however, I found bits disappointing. For one, Dunn states that he is not after the historical Jesus, but after the remembered or Historic Jesus. The Jesus that his disciples and followers remembered is the important Jesus, as that is the Jesus that inspired faith. However, Dunn at times seeks [...]

    2. This is probably the most significant book to be written on Jesus since Dean Fredric Farrar's "Life of Christ" (1874) or Alfred Edersheim's "Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah" (1884). Dunn's basic thesis is that there was a strong oral tradition concerning Christ which predates the written Gospels. Most modern critical scholars have identified a tradition, called "Q" as a common link between the Synoptic Gospels, with Q assumed to be an early manuscript. Dunn however, regards Q as an oral trad [...]

    3. Dunn, James D. G. Jesus Remembered. Christianity in the Making 1. Grand Rapids:Eerdmans, 2003 In Jesus Remembered James Dunn the Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham calls for a new quest of the historical Jesus as remembered by the earliest Christian community in the Jesus tradition of the Gospels but now scrutinized by reason in light of our increasing knowledge of the first-century Judaisms (plural). Dunn underplays the significance of individual eyewitness in the tride [...]

    4. This is the first installment of the magnum opus of one of the greatest NT scholars of our generation--well worth reading just for that. Gives a good assessment of current Jesus scholarship from a position that is sympathetic both with the tradition of critical scholarship and of faithful Christian belief. Dunn posits that our sources don't quite let us get all the way back to the "historical Jesus" in any sort of fullness; we can only go so far as the picture of Jesus remembered by his follower [...]

    5. Discussion on history of the historical Jesus quest, methods, sources, and profile of the historical Jesus from a British moderate.

    6. This is a scholarly work, and this needs to be taken into account, just as we would adjust our expectations when reading a devotional work. This is the first volume, in the Author's three volume work looking at "Christianity in the Making". Thus, he correctly starts with Jesus - for what are we as Christians without Jesus.Whilst much has been written about the Historical Jesus or at least the search for him, and how he differs (often very dramatically) from the Jesus of the Gospels, or the Jesus [...]

    7. Erudite and searching study of the historical Jesus as presented through those who knew him (i.e. the gospel writers). Convincing presentation of the material with Jesus as the eschatological prophet. Excellent layout (better than NT Wright's publishers at any rate!). Exegetically more precise than Wright although reaching similar conclusions. Wonderful stuff.

    8. Brilliant. Erudite. And above all, bristling with intellectual honesty. Dunn's magnum opus takes apart so-called "quests" for the Historical Jesus and shows that the gospels, as memories of the Jesus the writers remembered, retain strands of truth that hold the Christian Faith together both historically and theologically.

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