2007-03-02

Bauckham versus Elisha on the 5000

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by Neil Godfrey

I have made all too passing references to a feature that deserves the most attention of all in any serious thought about Richard Bauckham’s eyewitness hypothesis — the alternative hypothesis, the literary-borrowing hypothesis. Perhaps one of the most astonishing features of Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses is its failure to address this longstanding and well proven alternative. (I have only a few chapters left to read and unless this and a few other “issues” are addressed there, do expect a quite lengthy series of WIFTA conclusions to this set of chapter by chapter reviews.)

Regrettably Michael Turton’s online commentary on the Gospel of Mark appears to be no longer available online. Pending its return I have tonight begun to prepare a series of web pages that will outline the literary sources of each of the gospel stories, beginning with Mark’s story of the miraculous feeding of the 5000.

(As usual each page will be constantly ‘under construction’. Given the time, this set of pages will extend to multiple pericopes across all canonical gospels and the book of Acts.)


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