Friday, March 16, 2012

NT Pod 61: The Criterion of Multiple Attestation

NT Pod 61 discusses the Criterion of Multiple Attestation in Historical Jesus research. It is just over eleven minutes long.

NT Pod 61: The Criterion of Multiple Attestation (mp3)
NT Pod 61: The Criterion of Multiple Attestation (mp3) (Alternative location)

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  1. I am new to your podcasts and love them! Thank you.

    Did I catch another mistake in this Podcast? (besides the one you caught):

    In trying to discuss the advantage of SINGLE attestation, you tell us how Mark has a "more earthy, gritty kind of Jesus" who uses shamanistic magic to heal the blind. But in the later, more "smoothed over" gospels, this is missing.

    But John 9:6 Has Jesus spits on the ground to make mud to heal a blind man.

    That sounds like (a) multiple attestation and (b) from later tradition. John is a very smoothed over Gospel and yet this shamanistic Jesus is maintained.

    So, did you just happen to overlook this, or am I missing something?

    Thank you for the podcasts -- I am a former Christian who enjoys them a great deal. I am presently blogging on the Ramayana and maybe some of your methodology will help me in the future in my comparative religion adventures -- so thank you.

  2. That's a very good point, Sabio, and one I had wondered about making. Please you are enjoying the pods.

  3. I don't know if this is an appropriate question, but can you recommend any other podcasts on New Testament studies? Or better, full ItunesU courses.

    I really enjoy your extended episodes, but I understand that it's not possible to record every lecture, so I'm hoping that perhaps someone else has done so already.

    There are lots of options on Itunes, but it's hard to see what's proselytising and what's scholarship. I'd be very grateful if you could recommend someone presenting proper history and criticism like yourself.

  4. Thanks. One thought would be Dale Martin's lectures at Yale -- I think you can get those over on iTunes U.

  5. I've not said it yet, but I really enjoy your podcasts. Thanks, Eric.

  6. Dr. Goodacre, thanks so much for this podcast. I burned through all of them over the course of a few weeks. I wish there were more resources like this available. Keep up the tremendous work.


    1. Thanks for your kind words. I will be returning to regular podcasting soon.