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Parting of the Ways [Paperback]

By James D. G. Dunn (Author)
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Pages   218
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.14" Width: 6.34" Height: 1.35"
Weight:   1.28 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 8, 2011
Publisher   SCM Press
ISBN  0334029996  
EAN  9780334029991  


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The Parting of the Ways is James Dunn's classic exploration of the important questions that surround the emergence of Christian distinctiveness and the pulling apart of Christianity and Judaism in the first century of our era. The book begins by surveying the way in which questions have been approached since the time of F C Baur in the nineteenth century. The author then presents the four pillars of Judaism: monotheism, election and land, Torah and Temple. He then examines various issues which arose with the emergence of Jesus: Jesus and the temple; the Stephen affair; temple and cult in earliest Christianity; Jesus, Israel and the law; 'the end of the law'; and Jesus' teaching on God. The theme of 'one God, one Lord', and the controversy between Jews and Christians over the unity of God, lead to a concluding chapter on the parting of the ways. The issues are presented with clarity and the views and findings of others are drawn together and added to his own, to make up this comprehensive volume.

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The Parting of the Ways is James Dunn's classic exploration of the important questions that surround the emergence of Christian distinctiveness and the pulling apart of Christianity and Judaism in the first century of our era. The book begins by surveying the way in which questions have been approached since the time of F C Baur in the nineteenth century. The author then presents the four pillars of Judaism: monotheism, election and land, Torah and Temple. He then examines various issues which arose with the emergence of Jesus: Jesus and the temple; the Stephen affair; temple and cult in earliest Christianity; Jesus, Israel and the law; 'the end of the law'; and Jesus' teaching on God. The theme of 'one God, one Lord', and the controversy between Jews and Christians over the unity of God, lead to a concluding chapter on the parting of the ways. The issues are presented with clarity and the views and findings of others are drawn together and added to his own, to make up this comprehensive volume. James Dunn was Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham until his recent retirement. He is the author of numerous best-selling books and acknowledged as one of the world's leading experts on New Testament study.

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More About James D. G. Dunn

James D. G. Dunn James D. G. Dunn is Lightfoot Professor Emeritus of Divinity at Durham University and one of the foremost New Testament scholars in the world today. His many other books include The Oral Gospel Tradition; Jesus, Paul, and the Gospels; The Theology of Paul the Apostle; and Jesus Remembered and Beginning from Jerusalem, volumes 1 and 2 of Christianity in the Making.


James D. G. Dunn currently resides in Durham. James D. G. Dunn was born in 1939 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Durham.

James D. G. Dunn has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christ and the Spirit
  2. Christianity in the Making
  3. Didsbury Lectures
  4. Inquiry Into the Origins of the Doctrine of the Incarnation
  5. Library of Biblical Theology
  6. New International Greek Testament Com (Eerdmans)
  7. New Testament Theology
  8. T & T Clark Study Guides
  9. Understanding Jesus Today
  10. Word Biblical Commentary


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WHAT WOULD THE FIRST CENTURY JEW THINK?  Mar 28, 2006
This is a book written from a rather unique perspective. Biblical scholars often ask the question regarding who the audience was for a particular N.T. writings, and how the audience (specifically Jewish) would have naturally understood what was written. In this book, Dunn reviews the chief "Pillar" teachings of Jewish thought in the Second Temple period (including Torah, Temple, Monotheism), and asks whether Jesus's or the early Christian teaching would have been beyond the bounds of their acceptable thinking. In particular, would they have considered the Christological teaching as a bifuracation of monotheism? Basically, he says it would have been acceptable--though, of course, Jews would not accept that Jesus was, in fact, the Messiah.

Chapters 9--11 basically deal with Christology and Monotheism, and I consider this to be the heart of the book. Dunn explores key Christological texts that present a high view of Christ. He notes that in these treatments, while they express very innovative statements about Christ, the authors are careful to distinguish between God the father and Christ. Moreover, he claims their descriptions and treatments have parallels in other Second Temple Judaism writings. He concludes that there is basically nothing that would necessitate a parting of the ways between Christianity and Judaism, in spite of the unique claims for Christ.

He has an excellent discussion of how early Christological thinking was developed in patristics as new issues arose. He contends that as the earlier thinking was forgotten or overlooked, and words, concepts or new definitions were used, Christology did result in views that compromised both Christian and Jewish monotheism (theo--logy). Specifically, in early Christological thinking the Word or Wisdom of God was manifested in and through Jesus. But, as the concept of Jesus as the "Son of God" began to replace the concept of Jesus as the "Word," and the focus switched from the continuity between Jesus and God to the relationship between them,and the Word became a person (in our modern sense of the term), Christianity's original monotheistic belief became bi-theistic. Dunn comments in this section were invaluable as a contribution to the discussion of Christology, and in helping to pave the way to proper understanding of what Orthodox Christology was and how orthodox Christology should be understood.

Dunn believes the reason for the final parting of the ways between Chistianity and Judaism was because, as speculation and expressions grew after 70AD and statements began to challenge basic monotheistic thinking, Christian thinking continued expanding its thinking about Christ while Jewish thinking was becoming rabbinic and narrowing its thinking about God. I am sure the disagreement over Jesus being the Messiah was also a key factor.

The main point I like about Dunn's writings is that he continues to try to express the fact that when we read the various types of N.T. Christologies (Lord, Son of Man, Second Adam, Wisdom, etc.), these should be interpreted in terms of ancient Jewish thought, which was not mythological but poetical and theological (indicative of the significance of a person or event). It is amazing how often theologians take notice of this but then proceed to take such claims as historical factual descriptions. I do think more attention needs to be paid to explaining how the specific Christological statements actually function in the texts.
 

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