Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Sep 22, 2008 - Religion - 538 pages
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This momentous book argues that the four Gospels are closely based on the eyewitness testimony of those who personally knew Jesus. Noted New Testament scholar Richard Bauckham challenges the prevailing assumption that the accounts of Jesus circulated as anonymous community traditions, asserting instead that they were transmitted in the names of the original eyewitness.

To drive home this controversial point, Bauckham draws on internal literary evidence, the use of personal names in first-century Jewish Palestine, and recent developments in the understanding of oral tradition. "Jesus and the Eyewitnesses" also taps into the rich resources of modern study of memory, especially in cognitive psychology, refuting the conclusions of the form critics and calling New Testament scholarship to make a clean break with this long-dominant tradition. Finally, Bauckham challenges readers to end the classic division between the historical Jesus and the Christ of faith, proposing instead the Jesus of testimony as presented by the Gospels.

Sure to ignite heated debate on the precise character of the testimony about Jesus, "Jesus and the Eyewitnesses" is a groundbreaking work that will be valued by scholars, students, and all who seek to understand the origins of the Gospels.

 

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User Review  - sc4 - LibraryThing

Great mix of historiography, memory, and patristics studies all wrapped up into a wealth of knowledge on a broad range of issues including authorship of John's Gospel. Read full review

User Review  - Ellis Mcbride - Christianbook.com

Excellent shape and shipping. Content is relatively easy reading and the author makes some very relevant points in the first chapter. This is a goldmine resource just waiting for the next generation of theologian scholars to discover. Read full review

Contents

From the Historical Jesus to the Jesus of Testimony
1
Papias on the Eyewitnesses
12
Names in the Gospel Traditions
39
Palestinian Jewish Names
67
The Twelve
93
Eyewitnesses from the Beginning
114
The Petrine Perspective in the Gospel of Mark
155
Anonymous Persons in Marks Passion Narrative
183
Eyewitness Memory
319
The Gospel of John as Eyewitness Testimony
358
The Witness of the Beloved Disciple
384
Papias on John
412
Polycrates and Irenaeus on John
438
The Jesus of Testimony
472
Index of Ancient Persons
509
Index of Modern Authors
516

Papias on Mark and Matthew
202
Models of Oral Tradition
240
Transmitting the Jesus Traditions
264
Anonymous Tradition or Eyewitness Testimony?
290

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About the author (2008)

Richard Bauckham is professor emeritus of New Testamentstudies at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, seniorscholar at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and fellow of both theBritish Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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