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Brandon Addison


Thanks for the basic review. I've not read either Dunn or McGrath yet, but I just finished Hurtado's 2003 work, "Lord Jesus Christ" and I find Hurtado's work exceptional. I find Dunn particularly weak in his exegesis of Phil 2:5-11 and I think Hurtado takes Dunn to task on this passage. I would assume that Dunn responds in this 2010 work. As I don't have the time to read it myself, do you recall anything that Dunn had to say on Phil 2?


Dunn very briefly acknowledges (p. 137 n94) that Bauckham, Hurtado, and Fee have offered critiques of his "Adam Christology." But he simply reasserts his view that, in general, "the story of Jesus was being shaped by the template of the Adam story" without it being a "rigid frame that imprisons the meaning ... but as a suggestive parallel that allows the story to be seen from a different angle." Dunn does not address the issue of the preexistence of Christ in Phil 2:5-7. But then again the book is focused on the question, "Did the first Christians worship Jesus?" The topic of preexistence comes up only once -- in relation to John's Gospel (pp. 119-20). Interestingly, there does seem to be some development from his earlier work, Christology in the Making (1980), where he rejected preexistence in Paul but accepted it in John. Now in this book (2010) he seems to be qualifying and backing away from seeing it even in John. Now he says the the Logos is a personification of a divine attribute, like "Wisdom" in OT/Jewish theology, not a real person, and that "Jesus is not the Word; he is the Word become flesh" (p. 120), that is, he "embodies the creative and redemptive purpose and energy of God" (p. 143).

Brandon Addison


In addition to your review Larry Hurtado has also published a review of Dunn's work:


Just wanted to link to it in case anyone wanted another perspectives.

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