Birger Gerhardsson on the Transmission of Jesus Traditions – How Did the Rabbinic Model Advance a Scholarly Discourse?

  • Tuomas Havukainen Åbo Akademi

Abstract

In this article, Birger Gerhardsson's view on the transmission of the Jesus traditions is critically discussed. Gerhardsson's basic thesis was that the pre-Gospel oral tradition was formally controlled and handed down in manners reminiscent of rabbinic teaching and mnemonic techniques. This paper argues that his work, which was initially rejected, enabled later scholars to recognize that there were authoritative individuals exercising control over the transmission process, as opposed to the form-critical notions of anonymous community.
How to Cite
HAVUKAINEN, Tuomas. Birger Gerhardsson on the Transmission of Jesus Traditions – How Did the Rabbinic Model Advance a Scholarly Discourse?. IESUS ABOENSIS: Åbo Akademi Journal for Historical Jesus Research, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 49–63, oct. 2015. ISSN 2342-7698. Available at: <https://ojs.abo.fi/ojs/index.php/IESUSABOENSIS/article/view/1038>. Date accessed: 19 sep. 2021.
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Articles

Keywords

Historical Jesus; Birger Gerhardsson; Oral Gospel Tradition; Transmission of Jesus Traditions