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.