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Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony

, 2006
ISBN: 9780802863904


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In Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony, Richard Bauckham argues that the four Gospels are closely based on the eyewitness testimony of those who personally knew Jesus. Drawing on internal literary evidence, the use of personal names in first-century Jewish Palestine, and cognitive psychology, Bauckham challenges the prevailing assumption that the accounts of Jesus circulated as “anonymous community traditions.” Instead, he asserts that they were transmitted in the names of the original eyewitnesses.

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  • Argues that the four Gospels are closely based on the eyewitness of those who personally knew Jesus
  • Draws on internal literary evidence to challenge prevailing assumptions
  • From the Historical Jesus to the Jesus of Testimony
  • Papias on the Eyewitnesses
  • Names in the Gospel Traditions
  • Palestinian Jewish Names
  • The Twelve
  • Eyewitnesses “from the Beginning”
  • The Petrine Perspective in the Gospel of Mark
  • Anonymous Persons in Mark’s Passion Narrative
  • Papias on Mark and Matthew
  • Models of Oral Tradition
  • Transmitting the Jesus Traditions
  • Anonymous Tradition or Eyewitness Testimony?
  • Eyewitness Memory
  • The Gospel of John as Eyewitness Testimony
  • The Witness of the Beloved Disciple
  • Papias on John
  • Polycrates and Irenaeus on John
  • The Jesus of Testimony
Bauckham’s proposal is both path-breaking and a tour de force.

First Things

As in all of his works, Bauckham has ransacked obscure secondary literature for little-known but immensely helpful information. He has thought creatively about time-worn problems and uncovered possible interpretations of subtle features of ancient testimony—both in the Gospels and about them—with the shrewdness of a good detective.

Trinity Journal

Bauckham has delivered a remarkable and insightful volume that is sure to offer a much-needed challenge to the status quo in modern gospel studies.

Westminster Theological Journal

Richard Bauckham

Richard Bauckham (1946– ) was professor of New Testament studies at St Mary's College, University of St Andrews. He retired in 2007 from this position in order to concentrate on research and writing. He currently is the senior scholar at Ridley Hall in Cambridge and visiting professor at St. Mellitus College.

Bauckham earned a PhD at the University of Cambridge and was a fellow of St John's College. He taught theology for one year at the University of Leeds and for 15 years at the University of Manchester before teaching at the University of St Andrews. He is a fellow of the British Academy and a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Bauckham is known for his commentary on Jude and 2 Peter in the Word Biblical Commentary and his book Jude and the Relatives of Jesus in the Early Church.


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  1. Fernando



    Saludos estimados... Quisiera saber si tienen considerado poner a la venta la versión en español de esta importante obra. Los creyentes hispanoamericanos estaríamos muy agradecidos que así fuera. Bendiciones!

  2. Dwight Van Winkle
    Dwight Van Winkle Note: this version of the book is the first edition published in 2008.. Bauckham revised the book and added content in the second edition published in 2017. The second edition is available from Logos at https://www.logos.com/product/138524/jesus-and-the-eyewitnesses-the-gospels-as-eyewitness-testimony-2nd-ed, Logos explains, "In this expanded second edition Bauckham has added a new preface, three substantial new chapters that respond to critics and clarify key points of his argument, and a comprehensive new bibliography." This review is only of the first edition. Dr. D. W. "Rip" Van Winkle

  3. Ron Christensen

    Ron Christensen


  4. Marco Ceccarelli
    The book is great and the author absolutely worthwhile reading. The chapter about the Johannine question - although Bauckham's position was the contrary - he persuaded me that John the evangelist is John the son of Zebedee

  5. James McAdams

    James McAdams


  6. Dr. Elliott Mallory-Greene
  7. famillelariviere
    Bonne ressource pour l'étude des évangiles...

  8. Gordon Jones

    Gordon Jones




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