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Why John Wrote a Gospel: Jesus - Memory - History Paperback – November 1, 2012
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Tom Thatcher is Professor of Biblical Studies at Cincinnati Christian University. He is a founding member of the John, Jesus, and History project and the author/editor of numerous books and articles on the Gospel of John, including What We Have Heard from the Beginning and John, Jesus, and the Renewal of Israel.
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Thatcher has written an interesting new book based on Social Memory theory. And--this is very unusual in a book of biblical scholarship--he dots the book with plenty of charts and diagrams of how memory works, and theories about what was remembered, and why. He writes so clearly that the book will be accessible to even the nonscholar.
For far too long the theories of Bultmann have held sway, with much nonsense being published about guessed-at situations that caused gospels to be written.
Although there is much debate as to "Whether or not the Beloved Disciple" is John of the apostles, "the text clearly associates itself closely with the testimony of an eyewitness" (p 17). The gospel is his way of 'testifying' to what he has experienced. The gospel is a "mixture of eyewitness testimony, biblical interpretation, and post-Easter faith...(and) John himself was completely conscious of this fact" (p 30).
From the beginning of Christianity there were those who fought against what could be termed the orthodox 'tradition' that Paul so ardently told everyone to hold on to. Who were these people? Those holding to Jewish legalism were one group, and Docetists were named as another. Ignatius also mentions those who deny the Eucharist.
Thatcher's explanation of how these groups were formed is fascinating.
"Viewed through the paradigm of a great theological debate one might refer to the AntiChrists' christological position as a 'countermemory'" (p 73).
Anyone interested in theories of memory will want to read Bauckham, who recently published a book on the importance of eyewitness testimony in ancient culture, "Jesus and the Eyewitnesses". "The Jesus Legend" also has some of the newest research into memory and recall.