Tags: Bibliography, biography, Galatians, Holy Spirit, James D G Dunn, justification, Kenneth Bailey, New Perspective on Paul, Oral tradition history, Paul, Pauline theology, Pistis Christou, Unity and Diversity, works of the Law JAMES D. DUNN: A LITERARY BIOGRAPHY The Holy Spirit Presently, James D. Dunn is Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at Durham University. His revised dissertation was published in 1970 as , both published in 1998; the two volumes covered Pneumatology and Christology respectively.He served until recently as the Lightfoot Professor of Divinity (1990–2003) when his incredible mantle passed to John M. Barclay (though Dunn initially began teaching at Durham in 1982). This firm footing in the Holy Spirit certainly animates his work.So perhaps it is best to point readers to Preston Sprinkle’s review ( 15 no. 172) who more fairly writes: “he gives a very strong affirmation that his famous (or infamous?) interpretation – that these refer to boundary markers (such as but not exclusively circumcision, Sabbath, dietary laws) – is simply an expression of the more fundamental theological reasoning that ‘no individual or people can achieve acceptance by God by his/her/its own efforts.’” Lastly, within the πίστις Χριστοῦ debate and based on my last reading (which is admittedly not fully up to date), Dunn espoused an objective genitive contra Wright, Hays, and Campbell, who all prefer a subjective genitive, particularly with regards to Gal -26.And based on my reading of the literature, it seems critics have in fact conceded appreciation for many of the fine sociological implications and nuances of Dunn (I am thinking of Moo, Schreiner, and others).In closing, what I like about Dunn, and I speak as both a Christian and a careful student of the New Testament, is that whether I agree with his conclusions or not, the amiable character of Dunn’s writing always rewards.In his review of Dunn’s groundbreaking book, Larry Hurtado writes that: “The book is based on a series of lectures Dunn developed as part of a course in NT theology for undergraduate theological students at Nottingham, where he teaches, and the material was written up primarily with advanced undergraduates or students beginning Masters degree programs in mind” (, 98.1, p. Dunn further seems vindicated from Hurtado’s concern where the latter writes in an earlier review that “The publisher’s blurb on the dust-jacket heralds this new book, somewhat immodestly (since it has by no means been time-tested), as a ‘modern classic,’ and so perhaps one is geared to expect too much! Given that the work is now in its third edition and is a standard text for seminary level New Testament studies, the publisher’s blurb may be closer to the truth than an initial analysis could have understandably afforded. However, reviewers, such as Markus Bockmuehl who writes that the model is “anecdotal” and that it is “supplemented only by one M. student’s ‘hopes to carry out more scientifically controlled fieldwork’,” were critical of the model (: James Dunn and the Synoptic Problem”).More importantly, as will be discovered in a later essay, is Hurtado’s revealing statement that Dunn’s book “shows familiarity with the work of… (Scholars David Wenham and Michael Bird do not evaluate the model in their published reviews.) I count myself somewhere between Ingolfsland and Byrskog.
For bibliographical details see the attached bibliography.
This commentary will be of great benefit to scholars and exegetical preachers alike. Mark bears witness to the word of revelation that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. Lane, Mark is revealed as a theologian whose primary intention was the strengthening of the people of God in a time of fiery persecution by Nero.
Close analysis and sensible comments are the hallmarks of this book, and it will now stand appropriately alongside other recent major treatments of Matthew . Using redaction criticism as a hermeneutical approach for understanding the text and the intention of the evangelist, Lane considers the Gospel of Mark as a total literary work and describes Mark’s creative role in shaping the Gospel tradition and in exercising a conscious theological purpose.
Focusing primarily on how each episode functions within Luke’s narrative development, Joel B.
Green provides countless fresh perspectives on and new insights into the Third Gospel.