A Summary of Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

This post serves as a table of contents to future posts summarizing the individual chapters of Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses:  The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony:

Bauckham, Richard,  Jesus and the Eyewitnesses:  The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony.  Grand Rapids:  William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006.

The book’s argument is that the four canonical Gospels are “closely based on the eyewitness testimony of those who personally knew Jesus” (front inside flap).  This is in contrast to the assumption that “the accounts of Jesus circulated as ‘anonymous community traditions'” (front inside flap).

The book contains the following chapters (click the links to go to summaries of specific chapters):

  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
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