If you have visited my blog over the last few weeks you will have noticed a steady production of posts relating to the historical Jesus. It is frustrating to spend so much time looking at criteria which assume a gap between the ‘eye witnesses’ of Jesus’ and the final form of the gospels. The gospels, in this ‘criteria’ model, need to be peeled back to reveal the nuggets of authentic tradition.
Is this the right method? Are the gospels not reliable eyewitnesses. Did the desciples not offer a control on how much the Jesus tradition could be modifed. As Vicent Taylor once wrote
if the Form-Critics are right, the desciples must have been translated to heaven immediately after the resserection’
Well today I sat down and started reading Jesus and the Eyewitnesses by Richard Baukham. If Baukham is right then Crossan, Meier, Sanders, Ludemann and a whole host of others are simply heading off in the wrong direction for the ‘Quest for the Historical Jesus’. I hope to be able to put something on this blog regarding by way of critique but I just wanted to share my excitement at a book which allows us, by way of history, to see the gospels as authentic.
I will add any online resources which I find on Baukham’s work to this page.
Review by Tim Keller