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The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony
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Jesus and the Eyewitnesses
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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.
“Bauckham builds an impressive case for recognition of the controlling influence of eyewitness testimony…Not to be missed!” James D G Dunn, University of Durham
“A remarkable piece of detective work, resulting in a fresh and vivid approach to dozen, perhaps hundred, of well-known problems.” N T Wright, Bishop of Durham
Richard Bauckham is a fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Jesus and the Eyewitnesses by Richard Bauckham was published by Eerdmans Publishing Company in November 2008 and is our 6972nd best seller. The ISBN for Jesus and the Eyewitnesses is 9780802863904.
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Jesus and the EyewitnessesHelen Hancox, via The Good Book Stall
Winner if Michael Ramsey prize 2009
This is a chunky book with over 500 densely-packed pages, footnotes and exhaustive indices. Initially perhaps appearing rather formidable, I found myself drawn into the book very quickly Richard Bauckham discusses whether the gospels are based on eyewitness accounts and his thorough survey of documents from the time, the early church fathers, names in Palestine and more gives a coherent and persuasive argument that the gospels would have been recognised as coming from eyewitness accounts at the time.
Although a complex subject which is deeply explored, the book is never boring. Some facility with Greek might aid the reader (although the Greek is transliterated into the Roman alphabet) and a basic knowledge of critical methods and early church fathers would be helpful, but this is the sort of book that offers many interesting insights to the reader, whether or not they are New Testament scholars. Whether other scholars will agree with Bauckham's conclusions is not clear, but his book sets out his arguments in a convincing way for this reader.
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|Page last updated||23rd September 2016|
|Author / Artist||Richard Bauckham|
|Items in Pack||1|
|Publisher||Eerdmans Publishing Company (November 2008)|
|Number of Pages||552|