The Holy Spirit and Christian Origins
Anyone who is interested in the rigorous study of early Christianity and who has not engaged with the works of James D. G. Dunn is not really interested in the rigorous study of early Christianity. No one would dispute that...
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Anyone who is interested in the rigorous study of early Christianity and who has not engaged with the works of James D. G. Dunn is not really interested in the rigorous study of early Christianity. No one would dispute that Professor Dunn is one of the most prolific New Testament scholars of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. And while a handful of scholars might have a list of publications to rival his own extensive publications list, none of them could claim to have set the agenda of scholarly study to the extent that Jimmy Dunn has done for a sustained period of time since the 1970s.^"The Holy Spirit and Christian Origins" comprises a selection of original essays that explore a topic that has held a prominent and distinctive place in the majority of Professor Dunnbs publications. Written by twenty-seven leading scholars, this singular volume probes deep into the nascent Christian communities and their writings and investigates the early Christiansb convictions concerning the Holy Spirit. Ranging widely through Scripture and across early church history, many of these essays introduce groundbreaking research in biblical studies, and some engage directly with Professor Dunnbs work in the field. ^Presenting some of the best new work in New Testament studies as well as celebrating a respected career, "The Holy Spirit and Christian Origins" will help to stimulate further discussion and reflection in the theological academy and in the Christian church -- two sectors that Jimmy Dunn has consistently and passionately sought to straddle, nurture, and refresh.
"The Holy Spirit and Christian Origins" is an impressive set of essays by twenty-seven leading biblical scholars written in appreciation of James D. G. Dunn's distinguished career of teaching and writing and focusing on one of the most prominent topics in his writings, the Holy Spirit in early Christianity. The book is therefore a Festschrift to honor Dunn on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday, but it can also stand on its own as part of the standard literature on one of the most distinctive aspects of early Christianity, an area in which it has almost no competition other than the writings of Dunn himself.
Dr Bruce W. Longenecker (Ph.D., University of Durham) is Senior lecturer in New Testament Studies and Director of Operations at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland
He has authored or edited eight books, including an assessment of Paul's credentials as a narrative theologian (Narrative Dynamics in Paul: A Critical Assessment, 2002), a narrative introduction to the New Testament world (The Lost Letters of Pergamum: A Story from the New Testament World, 2003), and his most recent analysis of a neglected rhetorical structure ( Rhetoric at the Boundaries: The Art and Theology of New Testament Chain-link Transitions, 2005).
Graham N. Stanton served as Professor of New Testament at King's College and then Cambridge University before his death in 2009. The author or editor of several books and articles, Stanton's best-known works are "The Gospels and Jesus" and "A Gospel for New People".
Dr Stephen C. Barton (Ph.D., King's College, London) is an Australian who is Reader in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Durham. He is the author of Discipleship and Family Ties in Mark and Matthew, Invitation to the Bible, Life Together: Family, Sexuality and Community in the New Testament and Today and most recently Resurrection.
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