Unity and Diversity in the New Testament is a thorough investigation of the canon of the New Testament and Christianity’s origins. It assumes the reader is familiar with the basic issues of date, authorship, and occasion of the books, looking in detail at the various emphases in the gospel proclaimed by Jesus, Luke, Paul, and John. It also examines primitive Christianity’s preaching and teaching, confessional formulae, oral traditions, organization and worship, concepts of ministry and community, and ritual acts.
In the second half of the book, the author maps out the scope of the diversity he found in the first half’s investigation. He traces the major currents within first and second generation Christianity, including a study of Jewish Christianity, Hellenistic Christianity, apocalyptic Christianity, and early Catholicism. The book concludes with a consideration of the repercussions of such findings—for how Christians understand the New Testament, and what it means to be Christian today. This new edition is further enhanced with the author’s consideration of these same themes, 25 years after he first wrote about them. The final chapter is the authors “critical refinement” of the ideas and issues that remain relevant and important for any realistic theology of canon to be considered today.
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James D.G. Dunn (b. 1939) is emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham and is a leading British New Testament scholar. Dunn is a significant proponent of the new perspective on Paul, and coined the term in a 1982 lecture. He received a PhD and DD from the University of Cambridge, and a MA and BD from the University of Glasgow. In 2002 he became only the third British scholar to be made the president of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.
His recent works include Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? The New Testament Evidence and A New Perspective on Jesus: What the Quest for the Historical Jesus Missed. He wrote the volumes Romans 1-8 and Romans 9-16 of the Word Biblical Commentary, and The Epistles to Colossians and Philemon in The New International Greek Testament Commentary (13 vols.).