Jesus Remembered: Christianity in the Making
James Dunn is regarded worldwide as one of today's foremost biblical scholars. Having written groundbreaking studies of the New Testament and a standard work on Paul's theology, Dunn here turns his pen to the rise of Christianity itself. Jesus Remembered is the first installment in what will be a monumental three-volume history of the first 120 years of the faith.
Focusing on Jesus, this first volume has several distinct features. It garners the lessons to be learned from the "quest for the historical Jesus" and meets the hermeneutical challenges to a historical and theological assessment of the Jesus tradition. It provides a fresh perspective both on the impact made by Jesus and on the traditions about Jesus as oral tradition -- hence the title "Jesus Remembered." And it offers a fresh analysis of the details of that tradition, emphasizing its characteristic (rather than dissimilar) features. Noteworthy too are Dunn's treatments of the source question (particularly Q and the noncanonical Gospels) and of Jesus the Jew in his Galilean context.
In his detailed analysis of the Baptist tradition, the kingdom motif, the call to and character of discipleship, what Jesus' audiences thought of him, what he thought of himself, why he was crucified, and how and why belief in Jesus' resurrection began, Dunn engages wholeheartedly in the contemporary debate, providing many important insights and offering a thoroughly convincing account of how Jesus was remembered from the first, and why.
Written with peerless scholarly acumen yet accessible to a wide range of readers, Dunn's Jesus Remembered, together with its successor volumes, will be a sine qua non for all students of Christianity's beginnings.
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a superb, massive study of the historical Jesus issues. covers all relevant topics, historical study methods, past "questers", topical studies of Jesus according to the gospel writings and more. Dunn ... Read full review
116 The Death of John
117 Jesus Tempted
The Kingdom of God
122 How Should the Kingdom of God Be Understood?
123 Three Key Questions
124 The Kingdom to Come
125 The Kingdom Has Come
126 Solving the Riddle
55 A Third Quest?
History Hermeneutics and Faith
62 The Necessity of Historical Inquiry
63 What Can History Deliver?
64 Hermeneutical Principles
65 When Did a Faith Perspective First Influence the Jesus Tradition?
66 Two Corollaries
FROM THE GOSPELS TO JESUS
71 External Sources
72 The Earliest References to Jesus
75 Matthew and Luke
76 The Gospel of Thomas
77 The Gospel of John
78 Other Gospels
79 Knowledge of Jesus Teaching and Agrapha
81 Jesus the Founder of Christianity
82 The Influence of Prophecy
83 Oral Tradition
86 Oral Transmission
87 In Summary
The Historical Context
92 Defining Judaism
93 The Diversity of Judaism Judaism from Without
94 Jewish Factionalism Judaism from Within
95 The Unity of FirstCentury Judaism
96 Galilean Judaism
97 Synagogues and Pharisees in Galilee?
98 The Political Context
99 An Outline of the Life and Mission of Jesus
Through the Gospels to Jesus
102 How to Proceed?
103 Thesis and Method
THE MISSION OF JESUS
Beginning from the Baptism of John
111 Why Not Beginning from Bethlehem?
112 John the Baptizer
113 Johns Baptism
114 Johns Message
115 Jesus Anointing at Jordan
For Whom Did Jesus Intend His Message?
131 Hearing Jesus
132 The Call
133 To Israel
134 To the Poor
135 To Sinners
138 Circles of Discipleship
The Character of Discipleship
141 Subjects of the King
142 Children of the Father
143 Disciples of Jesus
144 Hungering for What Is Right
145 Love as Motivation
146 Forgiving as Forgiven
147 A New Family?
148 Open Fellowship
149 Living in the Light of the Coming Kingdom
THE QUESTION OF JESUS SELFUNDERSTANDING
Who Did They Think Jesus Was?
152 Royal Messiah
153 An Issue during Jesus Mission
154 A Role Declined
155 Priestly Messiah
156 The Prophet
157 A Doer of Extraordinary Deeds
How Did Jesus See His Own Role?
162 Gods Son
THE CLIMAX OF JESUS MISSION
Crucifixus sub Pontio Pilato
172 Why Was Jesus Executed?
173 Why Did Jesus Go Up to Jerusalem?
174 Did Jesus Anticipate His Death?
175 Did Jesus Give Meaning to His Anticipated Death?
176 Did Jesus Hope for Vindication after Death?
182 The Empty Tomb Tradition
183 Appearance Traditions
184 The Tradition within the Traditions
185 Why Resurrection?
186 The Final Metaphor
192 What Can We Say about Jesus Aims?
193 The Lasting Impact of Jesus Mission
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