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Theology

James D. G. Dunn

The New Perspective on Paul

Collected Essays

[Die Neue Paulusperspektive. Gesammelte Aufsätze.]

2005; unrevised student edition 2007. XII, 539 pages.

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These essays highlight that Paul's teaching emerged as an integral part of his understanding of his commission to preach the gospel to non-Jews. James Dunn seeks to carry forward the debate on Jewish soteriology, on the relation of justification by faith to judgment 'according to works', on Christian 'fulfilment' of the law, and on the crucial role of Christ, his death and resurrection.
The collection of essays highlights a dimension of Paul's theology of justification which has been rather neglected in earlier decades: that his teaching emerged as an integral part of his understanding of his commission to preach the gospel to non-Jews; and that his dismissal of justification 'by works of the law' was directed not so much against Jewish 'legalism' but rather against his fellow Jews' assumption that the law remained a dividing wall separating Christian Jews from Christian Gentiles. The long opening essay interacts with critiques of this 'new perspective on Paul' and seeks to carry forward the debate on Jewish soteriology ('covenantal nomism'), on the relation of justification by faith to judgment 'according to works', on Christian 'fulfilment' of the law, and on the crucial role of Christ, his death and resurrection.

»This book is a wonderful resource for anyone wishing to become acquainted in particular with the work of James Dunn, and in general with the so-called 'new perspective' on Paul.«
Preston Sprinkle in Europäische Theologische Zeitschrift 15. Jg. (2006), S. 171

»Es ist zu wünschen, dass die über die kontroverstheologischen Fixierungen des 20. Jh.s weit hinausführenden Anregungen von den Vertretern der anderen theologischen Disziplinen aufgegriffen und produktiv rezipiert werden.«
Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr in Theologische Literaturzeitung 132. Jg. (2007), S. 168
Authors/Editors

James D. G. Dunn Born 1939; Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, University of Durham.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Theologische Beiträge — 39 (2008), S. 202 (Klaus Haacker)
In: Carthaginensia — 26 (2010), S. 203–204 (R. Sanz Valdivieso)
In: Theological Book Review — 21 (2009), S. 55 (Robert Morgan)
In: The Polish Journal of Bibl. Research — 7 (2008), S. 89 (Zdzislaw J. Kapera)
In: Verkündigung u. Forschung — 55 (2010), S. 45–60 (Christine Gerber)
In: Studien zum NT und seiner Umwelt — 34 (2009), S. 261–262 (A. Fuchs)