Roman Libraries and Gospel Anonymity

George W. Houston's Inside Roman Libraries: Book Collections and Their Management in Antiquity (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2014) provides some information that may be relevant to the authorship of the Gospels. Scholars often claim the Gospels were originally anonymous and the names assigned to them (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) were given …

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Book Recommendation: The Case for Jesus by Brant Pitre

The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ by Brant Pitre is an excellent introductory-intermediate text for budding apologists. It's primary focus is on whether Jesus claimed to be/is God. 5/5 stars. The task begins by addressing the nature of the canonical gospels, the primary sources for the life of Jesus. Chapters …

Re: A point that bears repeating: there is nothing in the Bible that couldn’t have been written by ordinary people

This post is a response to a post by the A-Unicornist, Mike D, entitled: A point that bears repeating: there is nothing in the Bible that couldn't have been written by ordinary people. Unless otherwise specified the quotes are from his post. As far as the title itself goes, I agree with him. There was …

A Summary of Chapter 6 of Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

6. Eyewitnesses "from the Beginning" "From the Beginning" According to Bauckham, if the Gospels embody eyewitness testimonies then at least some of the eyewitnesses must have been able to testify to the whole story of Jesus, the story beginning with John the Baptist and ending with the resurrection appearances.  In Acts 1:21-22, Peter says that …

A Summary of Chapter 5 of Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

5. The Twelve The Significance of the Twelve The scholarly consensus is that Jesus appointed the Twelve to be his closest companions throughout his ministry and that they were the leaders of the Jerusalem church and its initial outreach elsewhere.  On the basis of these two facts, we should expect the Twelve to have been …

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 …

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 …