New Perspective on Jesus, A: What the Quest for the Historical Jesus Missed

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In this compelling study, renowned author James D. G. Dunn provides a critique of the quest for the historical Jesus. Dunn claims that the quest has been misguided from the start in its attempt to separate the historical Jesus from the Christ of faith.

Dunn argues that Jesus scholars have consistently failed to recognize how the early disciples' pre-Easter faith and a predominantly oral culture shaped the way the stories about Jesus were told and passed on. Dunn also examines ...

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New Perspective on Jesus, A (Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology): What the Quest for the Historical Jesus Missed

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Overview

In this compelling study, renowned author James D. G. Dunn provides a critique of the quest for the historical Jesus. Dunn claims that the quest has been misguided from the start in its attempt to separate the historical Jesus from the Christ of faith.

Dunn argues that Jesus scholars have consistently failed to recognize how the early disciples' pre-Easter faith and a predominantly oral culture shaped the way the stories about Jesus were told and passed on. Dunn also examines the implications of oral transmission for our understanding of Synoptic relationships.

A New Perspective on Jesus proposes a change in direction for Jesus scholarship. It will be of interest to pastors, church leaders, students, and thoughtful laypersons wanting a fresh perspective on Jesus studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801027109
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Series: Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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James D. G. Dunn (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham. He is the author of numerous books, including commentaries on Romans, Galatians, Colossians/Philemon, and 1 Corinthians, as well as The Theology of Paul the Apostle and Jesus Remembered.

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Table of Contents

1 The first faith : when did faith become a factor in the Jesus tradition? 15
2 Behind the gospels : what it meant to remember Jesus in the earliest days 35
3 The characteristic Jesus : from atomistic exegesis to consistent emphases 57
App Altering the default setting : re-envisaging the early transmission of the Jesus tradition 79
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