This book calls for a paradigm shift in the study of Gospel traditions and the origins of the Gospels. It argues that the four Gospels are closely based on the eyewitness testimony of those who knew Jesus.
God squads, the world over, and in all religions, want quick decisive rulings which separate good from bad. But Jesus throws a monkey wrench in the decisive-ruling machine works. He tells them that before you can apply the word of God, you need to have dwelt under it, and sunk into its digestive juices for a long, long time, so as to make quite sure that you are not using it to sacrifice people, but instead, to show them God’s mercy and love.
The death and resurrection of Jesus is rarely far from the news. Recently, James Cameron (director of Titanic) produced a documentary claiming, to the amazement of the watching world, that the tomb of Jesus and his family has been unearthed. Is this another Da Vinci Code-style thriller, or a crock of old bones? Leading New Testament scholar Richard Bauckham investigates.