Worth a Look 12.10.12
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A good review of Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses:
While proponents of form criticism (the basis of the work of the Jesus Seminar), maintain that early Christian traditions circulated anonymously throughout a long period of transmission, Bauckham asserts that “the Gospels were written within living memory of the events they recount” and that “Gospel traditions did not for the most part, circulate anonymously, but in the name of the eyewitnesses to whom they were due”. For this reason, he says, tackling the topic of reliability isn’t a matter of looking at oral tradition as the means of transmission, but at eyewitness testimony which is “a unique and uniquely valuable means of access to historical reality”.
Jim Collins is especially adept at writing the pithy quote. He can say more in a few words than I can say in an entire book. Allow me to share with you a few of those quotes.
Many of the world’s best novels have bad endings. I don’t mean that they end sadly, or on a back-to-work, all-is-forgiven note (e.g. “War and Peace,” “The Red and the Black,” “A Suitable Boy”), but that the ending is actually inartistic—a betrayal of what came before. This is true not just of good novels but also of books on which the reputation of Western fiction rests.
Proverbs can only be read well in that context: written by and for God’s people as they seek to manifest His glory in fulfillment of their calling as his image bearers in a broken world.
Reading Proverbs as part of this larger story will change how we see the book in at least three ways.