Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness TestimonyRichard BauckhamWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2008 / Trade Paperback$21.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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Ellis Mcbride5 Stars Out Of 5March 19, 2010Ellis McbrideExcellent shape and shipping. Content is relatively easy reading and the author makes some very relevant points in the first chapter. This is a goldmine resource just waiting for the next generation of theologian scholars to discover.
Rick Ritchie5 Stars Out Of 5November 11, 2009Rick RitchieI wish everyone owned a copy of this book. The early sections on the testimony of Papias paint a picture of the early environment of the New Testament that supports his idea that the inclusion or exclusion of names from the historical accounts is linked to whether or not the person was a living eyewitness at the time the account was written. This argument is worth consideration.
James Quiggle5 Stars Out Of 5December 9, 2008James QuiggleThe chief value of this book is that it methodically, meticulously and exhaustively evaluates the Gospels in relation to what might be called the rules of evidence in the first century cultural milieu of Jesus and his contemporaries. Bauckham convincingly demonstrates from a wide selection of historical evidence and well-reasoned argument that the Gospels were composed in the first century using eyewitness testimony. The reader need not be completely familiar with the arguments of the scholarly community, as Bauckham gives these briefly but accurately. I gave the book four and one-half stars versus five because, 1) the arguments and proofs are completely secular. God is not invited to the discussion until the last page (although Bauckham's faith is evident), and I don't remember meeting the Holy Spirit anywhere in the book. 2) The argument that the Author of John's Gospel was a Jerusalem disciple of Jesus but not the son of Zebedee is compelling but not entirely convincing. These issues do not in any way detract from the value of the work. Any person wanting to understand and defend the view that the Jesus of the Gospels IS the historical Jesus should read this work. The book is a living breath of faith that attempts to resuscitate the deadness of modern academic biblical studies. The reader who wonders if the Gospels present the real Jesus will find they do. The reader who believes in the Gospels as God's testimony will find his or her faith affirmed, and gain new insights for the defense of the faith.
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