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Unity and Diversity in the New Testament: An Inquiry Into the Character of Earliest Christianity

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Unity and Diversity in the New Testament is a thorough investigation into the canon of the New Testament, and Christianity's origins. It assumes the reader is familiar with the basic question of who wrote the books, when, why etc and it moves on to look in detail at what were the various emphases in the gospel proclaimed by Jesus, Luke, Paul and John. It also examines prim ...more
Published October 18th 2012 by SCM Press (first published January 1st 1977)
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Bradley Johnson
What more can one say about the diversity and unity within the NT? Judging by the size of this volume James D. G. Dunn has attempted to cover all issues related to the topic of Unity and Diversity in the New Testament. Dunn has done his homework in order to pull together a thorough treatment of early Christianity. Serving many years as Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham and now Professor Emeritus, Dunn has researched and written on early Christianity for decades. This pr ...more
Danny Daley
Apr 14, 2016 Danny Daley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dunn's big book on unity and diversity within the New Testament was, at least for conservative scholars and Christians, controversial upon its release. Until its publication in 1977, Dunn had been received as a moderately evangelical thinker, and this book changed that, leaving many conservatives searching its pages for some semblance of focus on gospel proclamation. However, as Dunn states near the end of the book, there are, at times, reasons why scholars need to be alleviated from catechesis, ...more
Benjamin Williams
Jan 13, 2016 Benjamin Williams rated it it was amazing
This work is quite a tome! In it, Dunn sets out his thesis that Christianity has had a wide ranging diversity from the very beginning held together in unity around a common core. What was that common core?
"...the unity between the historical Jesus and the exalted Christ, that is to say, the conviction that the wandering charismatic preacher from Nazareth had ministered, died and been raised from the dead to bring God and man finally together, the recognition that the divine power through which t
Fr. Ted
Sep 29, 2009 Fr. Ted rated it liked it
I'll admit that I did not read every word of this massive tome (520 pages). Dunn takes on a lot of issues in looking for the unity and diversity of Christianity in the NT and the very earliest expressions of Christianity. His lens is mostly issues raised by mode3rn biblical scholarship and some issues debated between Catholics and Protestants. His assumption is these are the only questions that really matter. I hoped he might give some recognition that these contemporary issues of Western Christ ...more
Alexander Kennedy
Sep 05, 2014 Alexander Kennedy rated it it was amazing
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I absolutely loved this book. Dunn is a fantastic scholar. The book is written with technical language, so it takes some work at first to read the book, but it is more than worth it. Dunn explores what is the central core of the New Testament and the wealth of diversity it has to offer. No one can read this book without becoming more tolerant of other religions and interpretations.
Feb 14, 2010 Gilbert marked it as to-read
So very readable and yet filled with dynamic insight about the interpretation of "the" there one Gospel or have we actually created Another Gospel to fit our current context? This book gives you the tools needed to critically examine our own interpretations and how might the early church had viewed the Gospel.
Jun 23, 2013 Charlie rated it really liked it
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Dunn examines to what extent the New Testament documents testify to theological unity and diversity. Dunn does not use an overarching theological framework (such as inerrancy) to predetermine his conclusion, but proceeds by rigorous close reading. His interpretations and conclusions are debatable, but this impressive work is certainly the starting point from which the conversation should proceed.
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Mar 16, 2012 Marius Croeser rated it really liked it
I completed my thesis on his work and this is a classic that deserves a place in any respectable library.
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James D. G. ("Jimmy") Dunn (born 1939) was for many years the Lightfoot Professor of Divinity in the Department of Theology at the University of Durham. Since his retirement he has been made Emeritus Lightfoot Professor. He is a leading British New Testament scholar, broadly in the Protestant tradition. Dunn is especially associated with the New Perspective on Paul, along with N. T. (Tom) Wright a ...more
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