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On this episode, Pete and Jared speak to New Testament scholar Anthony Le Donne about The Gospels as memories of Jesus rather than strictly speaking “historical” accounts. Le Donne is the author of several books on Jesus and the Gospels and also edits the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus.

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Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Peter Enns (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of biblical studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He has written numerous books, including The Bible Tells Me So, The Sin of Certainty, and How the Bible Actually Works. Tweets at @peteenns.


  • Peter Bowen says:

    Enjoyed the foray into the importance of memory. There is so much in the psychology of the limits and processes of memory that is applicable.The limits of working memory and the constructive nature of both storage and retrieval clearly show that there is no such thing as the ‘bare facts’ or video storage. I sometimes get the chance to connect these things to faith with my students. This was a great example!

  • Derek Jonathan says:

    I have a complaint: You always stop when I just thought this could go on for another hour…
    Thanks for providing me with a lot to think about and for the inspiration. I`m always looking forward to the next episode.
    Greetings from Germany 🙂

  • Geoff says:

    The thought that reconstructing memories from eyewitnesses formed the basis for the 4 gospels is new to me, but compelling. And apostles, Matthew and John, were not presenting their own eyewitness account of the story of Jesus? Wow! Opens up a whole new world of thought. But, couldn’t Matthew and John have written their account at a much younger age, say, prior to the destruction of the temple? Is there any scholarly support for that? Fascinating stuff!

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