Beginning from Jerusalem (Christianity in the Making, vol. by James D. G. Dunn

By James D. G. Dunn

Beginning from Jerusalem covers the early formation of the Christian religion from 30 to 70 C.E. After outlining the hunt for the ancient church (parallel to the hunt for the ancient Jesus) and reviewing the assets, James Dunn follows the process the circulate stemming from Jesus “beginning from Jerusalem.” / He opens with a detailed research of what should be stated of the earliest Jerusalem group, the Hellenists, the undertaking of Peter, and the emergence of Paul. Then Dunn focuses exclusively on Paul ― the chronology of his lifestyles and venture, his realizing of his name as apostle, and the nature of the church buildings that he based. The 3rd half strains the ultimate days and literary legacies of the 3 critical figures of first-generation Christianity: Paul, Peter, and James the brother of Jesus. each one part comprises targeted interplay with the mammoth wealth of secondary literature at the many matters covered.

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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.

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