2012.04.33. Dunn, Jesus, Paul, and the Gospels

James D. G. Dunn, Jesus, Paul, and the Gospels
Reviewed by Raymond F. Collins

1 comment:

  1. Rev. Bryant J. Williams III01 May, 2012

    Dear Mr. Collins,

    You said,
    "Speaking about Paul’s Damascus experience, I count myself as one of those who prefer to speak of the apostle’s commission rather than of his conversion."

    Actually, Acts 9 has both conversion and commission (9:4-6; 9:15); Furthermore, Gal. 2:8 has Paul stating what his ministry was "apostle to the Gentiles" in contrast to Peter. Not only that, but Acts has Paul conversion and commission three times (Acts 9, 22, 26).
    You also said,
    "Moreover, I found this
    particular and insightful essay to be also somewhat frustrating. My little frustration came from what I would consider to be an overemphasis on Romans and the lack of distinction between the authentic and the disputed Paulines."

    The Apostolic Fathers and the Patristic Fathers all agreed on 13 Pauline Epistles in the NT Canon (Hebrews considered Pauline; but even then, Origen concluded "only God knows). See the recent book by Michael J. Kruger, Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books, Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2012. It was released in April.

    Finally, it is interesting that Irenaeus and the Muratorian Fragment had all the Epistles of Paul. Thus, there should not be a distinction between what "modern scholars" say are Pauline and non-Pauline since the church has viewed the authority of all 13 epistles or 14, if including Hebrews, to be Pauline.

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