A Summary of Chapter 4 of Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

4. Palestinian Jewish Names A New Resource for Study of the Gospels The Lexicon of Jewish Names in Late Antiquity:  Part I:  Palestine 330 BCE - 200 CE by Tal Ilan was published in 2002.  It is a database of Jewish names from the period from both literary and epigraphic sources.  We know the names …

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A Summary of Chapter 3 of Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

3. Names in the Gospel Traditions Names in the Gospels Some characters in the Gospels are named while others are not.  Bauckham proposes that those characters who are named were eyewitnesses who originated the traditions to which their names are attached and continued to tell their stories as authoritative guarantors of their traditions.  The evangelists …

Tablet Ignites Debate on Messiah and Resurrection

A NY Times article entitled Tablet Ignites Debate on Messiah and Resurrection opens with the following paragraphs: A three-foot-tall tablet with 87 lines of Hebrew that scholars believe dates from the decades just before the birth of Jesus is causing a quiet stir in biblical and archaeological circles, especially because it may speak of a …

A Summary of Chapter 2 of Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

2. Papias on the Eyewitnesses Papias and His Book Papias [traditionally ca. 60-130 CE] was bishop of Hierapolis, a city in the Lycus valley in the Roman province of Asia, not far from Laodicea and Colossae [modern-day Turkey].  He completed his major work, Exposition of the Logia of the Lord, in five books, sometime near …

A Summary of Chapter 1 of Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

1. From the Historical Jesus to the Jesus of Testimony The Historical Quest and Christian Faith From the perspective of Christian faith and theology we must ask whether the enterprise of reconstructing a historical Jesus behind the Gospels, as it has been pursued through all phases of the quest, can ever substitute for the Gospels …

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 …

A Critique of the USCCB Statement on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

By a vote of 191-1 U.S. Catholic bishops passed a statement (PDF) addressing embryonic stem cell research. The bishops believe that "[d]irect attacks on innocent human life are always gravely wrong" (p. 2) and therefore oppose embryonic stem cell research. They then comment briefly on three arguments in favor of embryonic stem cell research. The …