Name Recall in the Synoptic Gospels

Robert Vandeweghe* (Corresponding Author)

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Onomastic congruence (a feature defined in this article) is characteristic of historiographic biographies from the Early Empire. The Synoptic Gospels display onomastic congruence, as well as conservatism in their treatment of names. The preservation of names, especially those centred around key roles and events, suggests that some names may have been preserved in the oral archives of early Christian communities to footnote living eyewitness sources, paralleling historiographical situations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-109
Number of pages15
JournalNew Testament Studies
Issue number1
Early online date6 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

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  • eyewitnesses
  • Jesus
  • memory
  • onomastics
  • historiography
  • Richard Bauckham


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