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In this major work, James D. G. Dunn brings together more than two decades of vigorous and creative work on interpreting the letters of Paul into an integrated, full-scale study of Pauls thought.
Using Pauls letter to the Romans as the foundation for constructing a fuller exposition of Pauls whole theology, Dunns thematic treatment clearly describes Pauls teaching on such topics as God, humankind, sin, christology, salvation, the church, and the Christian life. In the process Dunn engages in a concise way what other important scholars have said regarding each area of inquiry.
The Theology of Paul the Apostle represents a major contribution to the ongoing discussion regarding what Pauls theology is and what its continuing relevance is to the study and practice of religion and theology.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.18" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.76" Weight: 2.62 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
Publisher WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
ISBN 0802844235 ISBN13 9780802844231
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More About 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...
Christ and the Spirit
Inquiry Into the Origins of the Doctrine of the Incarnation
Reviews - What do customers think about The Theology of Paul the Apostle?
Wow Feb 19, 2007
The depth of scholarship in this work is stunning - Dunn is a master of his field. But the true value of this work lies in its closeness to the text - it will have you diving for Paul's letters again and again. His systematic approach is well conceived and structured; he is careful never to over-conclude or run ahead with an argument: this work is clearly the product of careful laboring over the texts, with secondary sources used purely as aids, not drivers of discussion.
From the start his insights are profound, such as his observation that for Paul, 'sarx' (flesh) is very much an ethnic designation, and it is never directly blamed as a source for sin in Romans 7. The book leaves room for as much agreement or disagreement as you care to share - merely engaging with Dunn's arguments and analysis is the most rewarding exercise for truly encountering Paul that I have ever come across. I have never come across a book so erudite at reading between the lines of Paul, and investigating his unstated assumptions about God and humanity.
Take up this magisterial work - but keep your Bible, and preferably a notebook, close at hand: this is no mere rehearsal of the standard debates about Paul, but an earnest and scholarly attempt to make sense of a grand tapestry - an attempt which respects the fact that Paul wrote with a genius that has stupefied two millenia of great minds.
Theology of Paul Feb 24, 2006
This a great scholarly work. It addresses the historical societal conditions of the time of writing, and addresses Pauline metaphors in their original context. Perccieved contradictions reconciled. A great help.
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Excellent exposition of Paul's Theology Feb 10, 2005
I think this is a truly exceptional work, from which I have gathered many valuable insights. I feel that it has been a valuable addition to my collection and well worth the money. Dunn presents a scholarly, detailed (and theologically unbiased) study into the writings of Paul.
He is able to tie up a lot of "loose ends", and make many theological connections which might be elusive to the average bible-reader (like me), revealing what he sees as a stable foundation of Paul's theology. It is well organized and annotated, making for easy topical study.
Just note that this is not an orthodox Christian book, although Dunn always treats the Scriptures and the subject matter with a great deal of care and respect.
The scholarly Judaization of Christianity: after Jesus, Paul Oct 24, 2004
If you are at all acquainted with trends in contemporary theology, exegesis and research on the historical Jesus, you probably know that there has been a huge effort in these areas to present Jesus as a Jew, which means that most of the time he is presented as an eschatological prophet with a more or less overt political agenda. Now in Dunn's book you will find something similar, but this time it is Paul who becomes the 'victim' of this process of Judaization. If I had to summarize the thesis of this ponderous treatise on Pauline theology I would say that Paul was a Jew and that he remained a Jew in his theology. This means among other things that he never taught that Jesus was God.
The book is highly readable with little technical jargon and high-strung phrases, but people who don't have a thorough knowledge of Paul will find to their annoyance that most of the time Dunn doesn't quote in full the passages he is analysing. So keep your Bible on hand to check all the references and read them carefully before you turn to Dunn's comments.
The author gives one a good and very practical overview of all the major themes of Pauline theology with chapters on "Justification by faith" (the longest one), "The Pre-existent Christ", "Jesus the Man" (on the relationship between Paul and the pre-resurrection Jesus), etc. The hot topic of the divinity of Jesus, for which I basically bought the book since I am extremely interested in Christology, is also discussed, but Dunn's comments are very simple and short: the whole analysis covers less than two pages and the conclusion is that Paul was a thorough Jewish monotheist who did call Jesus "Lord" but din't teach that he was God the Son. There is also a lot of emphasis on Adamic theology: the approach that sees Jesus primarily as the "New Adam". It is for example in the light of Genesis and Adam that Dunn explains the meaning of the hotly debated Christological hymn in Philippians 2.
I would say that while it is certainly useful to have a book that covers the whole range of Pauline theology, "The Theology of Paul the Apostle" failed to meet my expectations on several accounts. My main criticism is that what Dunn has to say is most of the time quite unoriginal and even trite. The topics are all of them quite conventional: I would have loved a chapter on Pauline ecology or some other less obvious aspect of his thinking, more on mysticism, but Dunn's approach is very rational and mainly sociological in its thrust. The tone and style is thoroughly academic and on sensitive issues Dunn keeps a low profile and is always soft spoken: don't expect vitriolic tirades ý la Robert Eisenman!
Many of the author's comments are fuzzy and strangely unconclusive. He also seems eager to present a picture of Paul which is free of error and contradictions. There is no critical assessment of Paul's arguments, the whole analysis is purely descriptive and strictly theological with very little biographical material (people who want to read about Paul the man should not order this book). There are lots of linguistic explanations, which are certainly enlightening, but after understanding the meaning of the terms used by Paul, one expects something more, and this is what Dunn fails to provide in my view in many cases. A basic knowledge of koine Greek, while not indispensable, will help you better understand some of the chapters in this book.
I like the book, it is practical, but on the whole I didn't learn much from it and it is quite insipid. It lacks teeth.