Bishop N.T. Wright and James Dunn on the New Perspective of Paul

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I am currently reading Dunn’s work (hope to post a review on Monday), so when I came across this video, I thought it was interesting. Thanks to Euangelion for the tip.

Publisher’s Description: In this third volume in the Library of Biblical Theology series, James D.G. Dunn ranges widely across the literature of the New Testament to describe the essential elements of the early church’s belief and practice. Eschatology, grace, law and gospel, discipleship, Israel and the church, faith and works, and most especially incarnation, atonement, and resurrection; Dunn places these and other themes in conversation with the contemporary church’s work of understanding its faith and life in relation to God’s self-revelation in Jesus Christ.

I want to quote three items from this volume:

And a degree of openness to what the test says may well result in many an initially agnostic reader being persuaded or even converted by what is read or heard (p13)

Quite why the first disciples came to understand what ha happened to jesus as”resurrection,” rather than as his being raptured to heaven and thus vindicated, is probably beyond he reach of historical inquiry. The theological fact, however, is that they did so think of it as resurrection. (p24-25).

It is this sense that everything makes sense finally in the light of Jesus that makes Jesus such a crucial determinative factor in NT theology. (p25)


Dunn starts about the 6 minute mark.

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6 Replies to “Bishop N.T. Wright and James Dunn on the New Perspective of Paul”

  1. Having read the original E. P. Sanders work (1977), then on to both Dunn and Wright, I have had become influenced somewhat. But like all new ideas it takes time to let them shake down a bit. Now I am not that convinced myself about all of the presuppositions of the Second Temple, and the Torah material. Too many suppositions to be taken down whole! Plus Wright’s view that there is nothing for National Israel, seems to go beyond many OT texts for me at least. But, it is the “new perspective” that is for certain. Each theolog must read and make up his own mind, etc.
    Fr. R.

  2. PS..On a secondary note, I would be interested in what some American theolog’s think of Dunn’s remark about the now American political Imperialism? How does this affect anything with the subject? And I am Irish.
    Fr. R.

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