Dunn- The Evidence for Jesus

The Evidence for Jesus - James D. G. Dunn
"Professor Dunn joins the skills of biblical criticism and  apologetics with remarkable success."—Gerard S. Sloyan  An acknowledged New Testament authority, James D. G. Dunn  here makes an important contribution to contemporary thought.  He looks at the origins of Christianity in the light of modern  scholarship, demonstrating why Christians should "welcome the  critically inquiring and investigative skills of scholars."

The Evidence for Jesus  By James D. G. Dunn  Foreword by Howard Clark Kee 

Dunn focuses on four main questions:  1. Are the Gospels fact, fiction, or what?  2. Did Jesus claim to be the Son of God?  3. What did the first Christians believe about the  resurrection?  4. Was earliest Christianity one church or warring sects?  As Howard Clark Kee notes in the Foreword, "The author's  style represents an admirable balance between careful, informed  analysis of the evidence and the ability to discuss the material  with a minimum of jargon. . . f [Thts-book] could serve  effectively in undergraduate religion courses as a readable,  nontechnical introduction to sources and critical methods in the  study of the Gospels."  James D. G. Dunn is Professor of Divinity at the University of  Durham, England. He is the author of Baptism in the Holy  Spirit, Christology in the Making, and Unity and Diversity in  the New Testament. 

The Evidence for Jesus - James D. G. Dunn

In 1984 a British TV series from London Weekend Television created a sensation with a sequence of three programs called Jesus: The Evidence. The announced purpose of the series was to give viewers up-to-date information and insights on the historical evidence about Jesus: what can be known about him and how historians evaluate that evidence.

Although the series began with a balanced approach to the subject, it became increasingly provocative and controversial by inviting as experts on the subject a predominance of scholars whose views reject, or at least call into question, traditional interpretations of the evidence about Jesus. Further, there seems to have been some intention to make the public think that the scholarly majority was trying to suppress the results of new discoveries and new interpretations, since they ran counter to orthodox views.
Understandably, some viewers were an­ noyed at having been apparently deprived of access to new and revo­lutionary information about Jesus, while many others were shaken by allegedly historical evidence which challenged the traditional under­standings of Jesus. When the series appeared on public television in the United States, it did not create the stir here that it did in Great
Britain, in part because it was not so widely seen.
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