A Summary of Chapter 10 of Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

10. Models of Oral Tradition The purpose of this chapter and the next is to consider the implications of eyewitnesses who remained guarantors of their testimony from the time of Jesus to the time the Synoptic Gospels were written (the Gospel of John will be dealt with in later chapters).  This chapter focuses on the …

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A Summary of Chapter 9 of Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

9. Papias on Mark and Matthew Eusebius preserves some information from Papias of Hierapolis regarding the origin of the Gospels of Mark and Matthew (Hist. Eccl. 3.39.14-16): We must now add to his [Papias's] statements quoted above about Mark, the author of the Gospel, which has been set forth in these words: The Elder used …

A Summary of Chapter 8 of Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

8. Anonymous Persons in Mark's Passion Narrative In this chapter Richard Bauckham argues that certain anonymous individuals in Mark's passion narrative remain anonymous because they needed to be protected from the authorities in the decades following Jesus' ministry. Theissen on Protective Anonymity In Mark's account of Jesus' arrest (14:43-52) two anonymous persons appear:  the man …

A Summary of Chapter 7 of Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses

7. The Petrine Perspective in the Gospel of Mark In this chapter Bauckham intends to argue solely from the internal evidence of Mark's Gospel that Peter had a special connection with this Gospel. The Plural-to-Singular Narrative Device There are twenty-one passages in Mark "in which a plural verb (or more than one plural verb), without …

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 …