Original Research

For whom were Gospels written?

Richard Bauckham
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 55, No 4 | a1638 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v55i4.1638 | © 1999 Richard Bauckham | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 December 1999 | Published: 13 December 1999

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Richard Bauckham, Department of New Testament, Faculty of Theology (Sec A), University of Pretoria, South Africa

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This arlcie challenges the current consensus in Gospels scholarship that each Gospel was written for a specific church or group of churches. It argues that, since all our evidence about the early Christian movement shows it to have been a network of communities in constant, close communication, since all our evidence about early Christian leaders, such as might have written Gospels, shows them to have been typically people who travelled widely around the churches, and since, moreover, the evidence we have about early Christian literature shows that it did in fact circulate rapidily and widely, the strong probability is that the Gospels were written for general circulation around all the churches.


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