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Tributes to James D. G. Dunn

Nijay Gupta posted an interview with James D. G. Dunn, the Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham. And Michael Metts has posted a discussion of Dunn’s contributions on the study of the Holy Spirit, Jesus, and Paul as well as a bibliography of his writings.

In light of the discussions about Christology going around the blogosphere, it is valuable to highlight Dunn’s ground-breaking contributions in Christology in the Making: A New Testament Inquiry into the Origins of the Doctrine of the Incarnation and Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? The New Testament Evidence. I may not be persuaded by all of his arguments such as the denial of Jesus’ pre-existence in Paul’s epistles or reading a comparison of Jesus and Adam in the Philippians hymn (see Philippians 2:6-11), but I think he is an important representative of the view that the New Testament writings reflect a development of Christology over time. Plus, Dunn’s book Unity and Diversity in the New Testament has impacted me a great deal in my own emphasis that there was a great deal of early diversity as the Jesus followers were working out what it means to follow Jesus as the risen Lord in different historical and cultural contexts.

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