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Christology in the Making: A New Testament Inquiry Into the Origins of the Doctrine of the Incarnation
This excellent study of the origins and early development of Christology by James D. G. Dunn clarifies in rich detail the beginnings of the full Christian belief in Christ as the Son of God and incarnate Word. By employing the exegetical methods of historical context of meaning and conceptuality in transition, Dunn illumines the first-century meaning of key titles and pass ...more
Paperback, 489 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
(first published November 1st 1980)
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Dunn presents an in-depth study of how the doctrine of the incarnation developed. He goes through several key christological themes found in the new testament writings, including Son of God, Son of Man, the Last Adam Spirit of God, wisdom and the logos. These themes are explored from non Christian sources such as Philo or relevant apocryphal works (i.e. Enoch) and then through the distinct new testament sources to develop a timeline for how some concept as applied to Jesus evolved with time.
Very good read, great source for early Christianity and development of theolgy. I also think this is a great book for Christians today to understand their history in monotheism and how a monotheistic faith can hold such a high regard for Jesus. This book will also help Christians and Muslims both, to dialogue at a deeper level, and come to an understanding that although we may believe differently about Jesus, we can both affirm our commitment to monotheism as well as to Jesus' title, The Word of ...more
One of the most amazing books that I've read this year! I now understand how my faith is monotheistic and how the doctrine of the Trinity came to be. This book was extremely helpful in understanding this process and how it can be too easy to read later theologizing back into our Holy Scriptures. A must read for anyone who wants to understand early Christianity.
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 ...moreMore about James D.G. Dunn...