I discuss ‘Unity and Diversity: An Inquiry Into the Character of Earliest Christianity‘ by Professor James D.G. Dunn.
Unity and Diversity is a thorough investigation into the New Testament and Christianity’s origins. It assumes the reader is familiar with the basic question of who wrote the books, when, why etc and it moves on to look in detail at the various differences in the gospel proclaimed by Jesus, Luke, Paul and John. It also examines primitive Christianity’s preaching and teaching, confessional formulae, oral traditions, organisation and worship, concepts of ministry and community, and ritual acts.
Dunn also identifies and traces the major currents within the stream of first and second generation Christianity which includes a study of Jewish Christianity, Hellenistic Christianity, Apocalyptic Christianity and Early Catholicism.