Wednesday, June 16, 2010

In Store Now - Memories of Jesus

If you enjoy Historical Jesus studies and James Dunn in particular have I got a book for you.  We just received Memories of Jesus: A Critical Appraisal of James D. G. Dunn's Jesus Remembered edited by Robert B. Stewart and Gary R. Habermas.  James Dunn is a familiar name to those involved in New Testament studies.  As the subtitle states this is an appraisal on one particular work of Dunn, namely Jesus Remembered.  For those not familiar with Dunn consider how Paul Rhodes Eddy opens his essay in the Memories of Jesus:
"With the 2003 publication of Jesus Remembered, James D. G. Dunn has joined the ranks of the likes of John Dominic Crossan, John Meier, E. P. Sanders, and N. T. Wright--the ranks of those contemporary New Testament (NT) scholars whose work on the historical Jesus all future studies will have to reckon with if they wish to be taken seriously."  (227)
This list of contributors reads like a who's who of scholars: Scot McKnight, Craig Blomberg, Samuel Byrskog, Markus Bockmuehl, Craig Evans, Charles L. Quarles, Ben Witherington III, Stephen Davis and more.  Plus Dunn provides a final chapter where he responds to his interlocutors.  You may recall that Dunn was a contributor in the IVP multi-view book The Historical Jesus: Five Views where he interacted with Robert Price, John Dominic Crossan, Luke Timothy Johnson and Darrell Bock.  And from our very own Baker Publishing Group Dunn wrote A New Perspective on Jesus: What the Quest for the Historical Jesus Missed.  The Memories of Jesus is a serious engagement of Dunn's book with appropriate praise for the work but also weighing in with some serious criticism. 

The book comes from B&H Academic and is a paperback with 334 pages and sells for $29.99.

Robert B. Stewart is associate professor of Philosophy and Theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Gary R. Habermas is chairman, Department of Philosophy and Theology, School of Religion, and distinguished research professor of Apologetics and Philosophy at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School in Lynchburg, Virginia.

James D. G. Dunn is Lightfoot Professor Emeritus of Divinity at the University of Durham in England.

Jesus Remembered: Christianity in the Making, Volume 1 is from Eerdmans Publishing and is a hardcover with 1036 pages and sells for $58.00.  Volume 2 was released last year entitled Beginning From Jerusalem: Christianity in the Making, Volume 2.  It is also a hardcover with 1392 pages and sells for $80.00.  The project will be complete with a third volume. 

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