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May 2013
Behind the Gospels

Understanding the oral tradition
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The first critical introduction to a major storm centre of debate in New Testament Studies.

Provides both a helpful survey of the scholarly literature and original proposals for clarifying and advancing our understanding of the key issues

Includes judicious assessments of recent influential studies by Bailey, Bauckham, and Dunn, among others.

Eve surveys the major proposals, offers critical and constructive commentary, and makes appropriately nuanced suggestions of his own. On this topic, his work is now the place to start. Dale C. Allison, Jr., Professor of New Testament, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Eric Eve has written a magnificent guide to one of the most exciting areas in Gospels studies today – oral tradition and memory theory.
Chris Keith, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, St Mary’s University College, London

This is a foundational book both for Jesus research and for our understanding of the literary history of the New Testament.
Gerd Theissen, Professor Emeritus of New Testament, University of Heidelberg

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