The Anti-Marcionite Prologues to the Gospels

Introduction The Anti-Marcionite Prologues to the Gospels are short prefixes to the gospels of Mark, Luke, and John. If there ever was a prefix to the gospel of Matthew it has been lost. The prologues are so named because they were once thought by Donatien de Bruyne to have an anti-Marcion sentiment. In fact, only…

Review of Chapter 6 of Redating Matthew, Mark and Luke

In this chapter Wenham will look at ancient testimonies concerning the Gospel of Mark. There is a solid core to the tradition that links Mark to Peter’s teaching in Rome. As was the case with Matthew, we start with Papias (Eusebius, HE 3.39.14-15): But now we must add to the words of his [Papias] which…

Review of Chapter 5 of Redating Matthew, Mark and Luke

This chapter pertains to the ancient testimony to Matthew’s gospel. According to Wenham, the testimony of the early church fathers is unanimous in holding that: the apostle Matthew/Levi, a tax collector and member of the Twelve, is the author; his was the first gospel to be written; and he wrote for Hebrews in the Hebrew…

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 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…