Author Faculty (Discipline)

Theology

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

10-2019

Book

Jesus, Skepticism, and the Problem of History pp. 125-144

ISBN

9780310534761

ANZSRC / FoR Code

170201 Computer Perception, Memory and Attention| 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified| 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)

Avondale Research Centre

Scripture, Spirituality and Society Research Centre

Reportable Items

B1

Field of Education

09 Society and Culture

Peer Review

Before publication

Staff Classification

Permanent

Abstract

This chapter addresses the question of how the collective memories of Jesus and his teachings were formed, and then preserved for the 30 to 60 years between the events and their writing down in the Gospels. It considers the reliability of eyewitness memories, and how these would have been formed into the collective memories of the first followers of Jesus. Life tables are used as evidence that a significant number of eyewitness to the earthly life of Jesus would still be alive when the Gospel were written. It further provides evidence that eyewitnesses can reliably remember details of events over periods of 30 to 60 years.

Comments

Used by permission: Harper Collins Christian Publishing and the authors.

Copyright © 2019 Darrel L. Bock and J. Ed Komoszewski

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