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James D. G. ("Jimmy") Dunn (1939 - ) was for many years the Lightfoot Professor of Divinity in the Department of Theology at the University of Durhammarker. Since his retirement he has been made Emeritus Lightfoot Professor. He is a leading Britishmarker New Testament scholar broadly in the liberal Protestant tradition. Dunn is especially associated with the New Perspective on Paul, along with Tom Wright and E. P. Sanders. He is credited with coining this phrase during his 1982 Manson Memorial Lecture.

Dunn has an M.A. and B.D. from the University of Glasgowmarker and a Ph.D. and D.D. from the University of Cambridgemarker. For 2002, Dunn was the President of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, the leading international body for New Testament study. Only three other British scholars had been made President in the preceding 25 years.

In 2005 a festschrift was published dedicated to Dunn, comprising articles by 27 New Testament scholars, examining early Christian communities and their beliefs about the Holy Spirit. ( )

Dunn has taken up E.P. Sanders' project of redefining Palestinian Judaism in order to correct the Christian view of Judaism as a religion of works-righteousness. One of the most important differences to Sanders is that Dunn perceives a fundamental coherence and consistency to Paul's thought. He furthermore criticizes Sanders' understanding of the term 'justification', arguing that Sanders' understanding suffers from an "individualizing exegesis."

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Dunn has written or edited numerous books and papers, including:

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