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A groundbreaking work in New Testament studies expanded and updated
Winner of the 2007 Christianity Today Book Award in Biblical Studies, this momentous volume 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 Jesus accounts circulated as “anonymous community traditions,” asserting instead that they were transmitted in the names of the original eyewitnesses.
In this expanded second edition Bauckham is adding a new preface, three substantial new chapters that respond to critics and clarify key points of his argument, and a comprehensive new bibliography.
Table of contents :
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1. From the Historical Jesus to the Jesus of Testimony
2. Papias on the Eyewitnesses
3. Names in the Gospel Traditions
4. Palestinian Jewish Names
5. The Twelve
6. Eyewitnesses “from the Beginning”
7. The Petrine Perspective in the Gospel of Mark
8. Anonymous Persons in Mark’s Passion Narrative
9. Papias on Mark and Matthew
10. Models of Oral Tradition
11. Transmitting the Jesus Traditions
12. Anonymous Tradition or Eyewitness Testimony?
13. Eyewitness Memory
14. The Gospel of John as Eyewitness Testimony
15. The Witness of the Beloved Disciple
16. Papias on John
17. Polycrates and Irenaeus on John
18. The Jesus of Testimony
19. Eyewitnesses in Mark (Revisited)
20. Who Was the Beloved Disciple? (Continued)
21. The End of Form Criticism (Confirmed)
Index of Ancient Persons
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Places
Index of Scriptures and Other Ancient Writings