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The Parting of the Ways

Between Christianity and Judaism and Their Significance for the Character of Christianity

The Parting of the Ways

Between Christianity and Judaism and Their Significance for the Character of Christianity

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334029991
Published: 28/01/2006

The Parting of the Ways is James Dunn's classic exploration of the important questions that surround the emergence of Christian distinctiveness and the pulling apart of Christianity and Judaism in the first century of our era. The book begins by surveying the way in which questions have been approached since the time of F C Baur in the nineteenth century. The author then presents the four pillars of Judaism: monotheism, election and land, Torah and Temple. He then examines various issues which arose with the emergence of Jesus: Jesus and the temple; the Stephen affair; temple and cult in earliest Christianity; Jesus, Israel and the law; 'the end of the law'; and Jesus' teaching on God. The theme of 'one God, one Lord', and the controversy between Jews and Christians over the unity of God, lead to a concluding chapter on the parting of the ways. The issues are presented with clarity and the views and findings of others are drawn together and added to his own, to make up this comprehensive volume.

  • Introduction: from Baur to Sanders
  • The Four Pillars of second Temple Judaism
  • Jesus and the Temple
  • A Temple 'made with hands'
  • A Temple 'made without hands'
  • Jesus, Covenant and Torah
  • Paul and 'covenantal nomism'
  • The Israel of God
  • Jesus and the One God
  • One God, One Lord
  • Is Christianity Monotheist? the first great christological debate
  • The Parting of the Ways
  • Appendix
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Biblical and Ancient Writings
  • Index of Modern Authors
  • Index of Subjects

James D G Dunn

James D. G. "Jimmy" Dunn FBA is a British New Testament scholar who was for many years the Lightfoot Professor of Divinity in the Department of Theology at the University of Durham, now Emeritus Lightfoot Professor.

James D. G. Dunn

James Dunn was Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham until his recent retirement. He is the author of numerous best-selling books and acknowledged as one of the world's leading experts on New Testament study.