By James D. G. Dunn
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29). When with Jesus, they had been well cared for by his friends and supporters; they grew out of the habit of working. But when Jesus died, only poverty and disgrace awaited them — until they realized that it need not end. ^' Reimarus's own final attempt to bridge the gulf from Jesus to Paul was a sad travesty, probably more indicative of his own long-concealed disillusion with the traditional claims of Christianity than of a fair-minded reading of the data. 78. Talbert. Reimarus 96. 88. 84. 79.
Since such terms import their own word-pictures and associations which may equally prejudge the evaluation of the material. Of course, it would be easy lo be come over-sensitive on the su bject; on any subject or issue we cannot avoid using language whose word-pictures and associations may not quite 'fit' and may even skew the description which employs that language. The more realistic in fere nee to be drawn is that we will be wise to use a variety of descriptive terms, just as Acts does, so that no single image becomes fixed and unduly normative.
I mean, of course, the twentieth century. g.. J. Plevnik. Raul and die Rarousia: An Exegelical and Theological Invesligalion (Pcabody: 1 Icndrickson, 1996). 101. Particularly M. Werner. The Formation of Christian Dogma (1941: ET London: Black. 1957). 2 BEGINNINGS developoienl of Paul's t h e o l o g y ? "'^ The question of failed expectation, already aired in Jesus Rernem- hered,^^^'^ raises its head again and cannot be ignored or lightly dismissed. If we approach the question from the other side, the aspect of realized pectation, ex the problems of continuity/discontinuity appear equally fraught.