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4.0 out of 5 stars Comments by Michael Calum Jacques author of '1st Century Radical'., 14 Nov 2008
This review is from: Jesus Remembered: Christianity in the Making v. 1 (Hardcover)
James 'Jimmy' DG Dunn's contribution to the field of Biblical studies has already been notable and considerable. Characteristically, his writings are generally very accessible to specialist and lay folk alike, whilst ticking most of the scholarly and critical boxes.

For many years, Jimmy Dunn was the Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham and is now Professor Emeritus there. His previous works include studies in Paul,and he edited The Cambridge Companion to St. Paul (2003). 'Jesus Remembered' is the first volume in what promises to be something of a definitive three-volume epic history of the first 100+ years of the 'Christian' faith.

This first volume focuses the majority of its attention upon Jesus himself, and it boasts a number of interesting and novel features. Whilst utilising, quite effectively and certainly interestingly, the findings of the various "quests for the historical Jesus" it also strives to address hermeneutical and expositional matters and, thus, attempts to provide both a critical and a theological perspective of Christology and, indeed, upon the traditions pertaining to Jesus the man.

This work also sets out to assess and quantify the impact made by Jesus and examines the question of oral reports and traditions in particular. This is still a rather amorphous strand of New Testament enquiry and this work will serve well as a referential starting point for many. One feature of this section of the work is that it does spend more wordage focusing upon the principal characteristic features of the traditions rather than the divergences. Whether or not this will be seen as a whim to the conservative school, remains to be seen.

This work promises to be a milestone in Biblical and theological history and this first offering contends well, even favourably, with many of the other works available at the time of writing. This reviewer is happy to recommend it.

Michael Calum Jacques
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This review is from: Jesus Remembered: Christianity in the Making v. 1 (Hardcover)
Jimmy Dunn's work is one of the most important cornerstone's of any biblical scholar's library. Other cornerstones include Wright and Bauckham.
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