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Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony

Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony

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ISBN 9780802863904
Weight 771.00 grams
Author Bauckham, Richard
Publisher Eerdmans
Pages 538
Price: $41.99
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This 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 eyewitnesses.

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. He 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.

“Another blockbuster from the productive pen of Richard Bauckham… Bauckham builds an impressive case for recognition of the controlling influence of eyewitness testimony on the formulation and use of the Jesus tradition, which resulted in the Evangelists’ ‘Jesus of testimony.’”
- James D. G. Dunn, University of Durham
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