Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 6 (2008) 169–181 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI 10.1163/174551908X349662 www.brill.nl/jshj On Proving Too Much: Critical Hesitations about Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses David Catchpole Sarum College, Salisbury, UK email@example.com Abstract Richard Bauckham’s book, Jesus and the Eyewitnesses , while breaking new ground in many details, sets up an a priori approach to the Gospel traditions which has diﬃ culty in coping with the textual phenomena which form the basis of an a posteriori approach. Discussion of selected examples suggests the vulnerability of the hypothesis and the necessity of a less trusting, more critical and ﬁ rmly tradition-historical perspective. Keywords Oral tradition; eyewitnesses; historical Jesus; Richard Bauckham, Jesus and the Eyewitnesses At more than one point in Jesus and the Eyewitnesses Richard Bauckham subjects to critical scrutiny Dennis Nineham’s well-known arguments against eyewitness inﬂ uence on the Gospel tradition (pp. 346-48, 480-81). Nineham had argued that an appeal to eyewitnesses was an attempt to set up an a priori approach to the Gospel tradition, and that it should be abandoned in favour of an a posteriori approach which takes its cue from the actual content of the text.
Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: ORAL TRADITION; RICHARD BAUCKHAM; HISTORICAL JESUS; EYEWITNESSES; JESUS AND THE EYEWITNESSES
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