Description: The third and final installment of James Dunn's magisterial history of the first 120 years of the Christian faith, Neither Jew nor Greek: A Contested Identity covers the period after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE through the second century, when the still-new Jesus movement firmed up its distinctive identity markers and the structures on which it would establish its growing appeal in the following decades and centuries. Dunn examines in depth the major factors that shaped first-generation Christianity and beyond, exploring the parting of the ways between Christianity and Judaism, the Hellenization of Christianity, and responses to Gnosticism. He mines all the first- and second-century sources, including the New Testament Gospels, New Testament apocrypha, and such church fathers as Ignatius, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus, showing how the Jesus tradition and the figures of James, Paul, Peter, and John were still esteemed influences but were also the subject of intense controversy as the early church wrestled with its evolving identity. Comprehensively covering an important, complex era in Christianity that is often overlooked, this volume is a landmark contribution to the field.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins
Review by Maria Karyakina
Citation: Maria Karyakina, review of James D. G. Dunn, Neither Jew Nor Greek: A Contested Identity, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).
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