Eyewitness Accounts for Jesus

by admin ~ February 28th, 2015. Filed under: Brandenburg, Jesus.

This week I was asked about an eyewitness evidence of the Gospels.  I referred to Luke 1:1, 1 John 1:1,3, and 2 Peter 1:16, which all speak of eyewitness testimony. Then the Gospels read like it too—the accounts corroborate with one another, but are not copying one another, so they read eyewitness, which wouldn’t be identical, but wouldn’t contradict either.  People often want something  extra-scriptural and first century figure, Papias, wrote, “For unlike most people I took no pleasure in those who told many different stories, but only in those who taught the truth. Nor did I take pleasure in those who reported their memory of someone else’s commandments, but only in those who reported their memory of the commandments given by the Lord to the faith and proceeding from the Truth itself.” John in his Gospel expressly claims to have written as an eyewitness (1:35-40, 13:23, 21:24).   Regarding Paul, the flow of 1 Corinthians 15, argues for the bodily resurrection and he says that he saw Jesus like Peter and James, etc.—vv. 5-8, and in v. 8, “last of all he was seen of me also.” “Also” translates kago, which means, “in like manner” —in a passage on bodily resurrection he says that he saw Jesus in like manner as the other apostles. 1 Corinthians 9:1, “Am I not an apostle? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord?”  He saw Jesus as they.

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