Eyewitnesses and the Oral Jesus Tradition

Eyewitnesses and the Oral Jesus Tradition Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 6 (2008) 85-105 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/174551908X266042 www.brill.nl/jshj Eyewitnesses and the Oral Jesus Tradition James D.G. Dunn University of Durham, Durham, UK j.d.g.dunn@btopenworld.com Abstract Dunn responds to critiques by Birger Gerhardsson and Richard Bauckham of his thesis in Jesus Remembered (2003) regarding the early oral Jesus tradi- tion. He agrees with Gerhardsson’s emphasis on the oral Jesus tradition as taught , but questions his unwillingness to recognize the character of the 1st century oral Palestinian culture and of the Jesus tradition. He agrees with Bauckham’s emphasis on eyewitnesses to explain especially the beginning of the traditioning process, but questions the extent to which the tradition was explicitly attributed to eyewitnesses, and argues that his own thesis also covers the cases where the oral Jesus tradition was being passed on by teachers at some remove from the eyewitnesses. Th e starting point remains the character of the Synoptic tradition, as ‘same yet diff erent’, and the challenge remains to explain that character in the most historically responsible way. Keywords eyewitnesses, fi rst disciples, Gospels, Jesus, Jesus’ impact, Jesus tradition, memorization, oral tradition, orality, Papias, Q traditions, Synoptic http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus Brill

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Brill
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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1476-8690
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1745-5197
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10.1163/174551908X266042
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Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 6 (2008) 85-105 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/174551908X266042 www.brill.nl/jshj Eyewitnesses and the Oral Jesus Tradition James D.G. Dunn University of Durham, Durham, UK j.d.g.dunn@btopenworld.com Abstract Dunn responds to critiques by Birger Gerhardsson and Richard Bauckham of his thesis in Jesus Remembered (2003) regarding the early oral Jesus tradi- tion. He agrees with Gerhardsson’s emphasis on the oral Jesus tradition as taught , but questions his unwillingness to recognize the character of the 1st century oral Palestinian culture and of the Jesus tradition. He agrees with Bauckham’s emphasis on eyewitnesses to explain especially the beginning of the traditioning process, but questions the extent to which the tradition was explicitly attributed to eyewitnesses, and argues that his own thesis also covers the cases where the oral Jesus tradition was being passed on by teachers at some remove from the eyewitnesses. Th e starting point remains the character of the Synoptic tradition, as ‘same yet diff erent’, and the challenge remains to explain that character in the most historically responsible way. Keywords eyewitnesses, fi rst disciples, Gospels, Jesus, Jesus’ impact, Jesus tradition, memorization, oral tradition, orality, Papias, Q traditions, Synoptic

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Journal for the Study of the Historical JesusBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: ORALITY; Q TRADITIONS; ORAL TRADITION; JESUS TRADITION; PAPIAS; FIRST DISCIPLES; RICHARD BAUCKHAM; JESUS; EYEWITNESSES; MEMORIZATION; BIRGER GERHARDSSON; JESUS' IMPACT; SYNOPTIC TRADITION; GOSPELS

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