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The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony

The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony

Episode 48 • Featuring Richard Bauckham

Many New Testament scholars argue that the Gospels were told orally for the better part of a century before they were finally written down, and as such, they tell us more about later Christian beliefs than they do the life of Jesus. Cambridge scholar Richard Bauckham has argued that this entire approach to Jesus research has officially reached a dead end and that the Gospels are rooted in reliable eyewitness testimony. Shane discusses these claims with Dr. Bauckham.


Recommended Books
Jesus & The Eyewitnesses, Richard Bauckham
Jesus: A Very Short Introduction, Richard Bauckham
The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple, Richard Bauckham
Gospel Women, Richard Bauckham
Can We Trust The Gospels?, Peter J. Williams
Testimonies to the Truth, Lydia McGrew

Recommended Articles
The Gospels as Authentic Testimony, Richard Bauckham
Is Luke a Trustworthy Historian?, William Ramsay
John 5:2 There is in Jerusalem, Shane Rosenthal
Outside The Gospels, What Can We Know About Jesus?, Shane Rosenthal
Scribes of the New Covenant, Shane Rosenthal
Can We Trust Luke’s History of the Early Jesus Movement?, S. Rosenthal
Water Into Wine?, Shane Rosenthal
On Faith & History, Shane Rosenthal
Why Should We Believe The Bible?, Shane Rosenthal
Authenticating The Fourth Gospel, Shane Rosenthal
Jesus & The Eyewitnesses: A Review, Shane Rosenthal
Considering Alternatives to the Resurrection, Shane Rosenthal

Other Related Resources
Is John’s Gospel Late & Unreliable?, Humble Skeptic #51
The Jesus of History, Humble Skeptic Ep. #12
Faith Founded on Facts, Humble Skeptic Ep. #15
Fake or Authentic?, Humble Skeptic Ep. #10
Authenticating the Book of Acts, Humble Skeptic Ep. #24
New Evidence for the Gospels, Peter J. Williams (video)
Evidence for the Resurrection, Peter J. Williams (video)
Are the Gospels Reliable?, Peter J. Williams & Bart Ehrman (video)

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The Humble Skeptic
The Humble Skeptic
Shane Rosenthal was raised in a Jewish home but became an atheist at a very early age. Some years later, however, he ended up losing faith in atheism and converted to Christianity. On this podcast, he talks with people from a wide variety of worldviews and perspectives in order to explore the beliefs and ideas that shape our lives.