Authorship of the Letters of John

Introduction Tradition ascribes authorship of the Letters of John to the apostle John, son of Zebedee and brother of James. Tradition also credits him with writing the Gospel of John and Revelation. Internal Evidence Anonymous? Technically the letters of John are anonymous, meaning the author does not provide his personal name within the body of … Continue reading Authorship of the Letters of John

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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 … Continue reading The Anti-Marcionite Prologues to the Gospels

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 … Continue reading Review of Chapter 6 of Redating Matthew, Mark and Luke

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 … Continue reading Review of Chapter 5 of Redating Matthew, Mark and Luke

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

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

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 … Continue reading A Summary of Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses