Jerusalem Perspective’s project to produce a reconstruction of the Hebrew Life of Yeshua is making exciting new progress. Thanks to the efforts of Pieter Lechner and Lauren Asperschlager, a new Map of the conjectured Hebrew source of the Synoptic Gospels is now available for Premium Content subscribers. The Map gives an overview of the scope of this ambitious endeavor. We have also published a newly revised Introduction to the entire project.
Ancient church traditions indicate that the disciple Matthew wrote the earliest account of Jesus’ words and deeds in Hebrew. This ancient testimony accords well with Robert Lindsey’s observation that significant portions of the Synoptic Gospels read like Greek translations of a Hebrew source. Dr. Lindsey believed that the traditions preserved in the Synoptic Gospels originated from an early Hebrew Life of Yeshua, and that, by tracing the signs of literary development in the canonical texts, it is possible to recover a glimpse of the Hebrew undertext. Lindsey’s theory means that the Synoptic Gospels are based on much earlier and much more reliable sources than most New Testament scholars believe. Rather than stemming from oral traditions about the life of Jesus that were formulated in response to the needs of an early Greek-speaking Church, Dr. Lindsey attempted to demonstrate that the Synoptic Gospels are derived from an early (and very likely eyewitness) Hebrew account.
“The Life of Yeshua: A Suggested Reconstruction” is an attempt to test and explore Dr. Lindsey’s groundbreaking theory and to show the fruitfulness of his unique approach to the Synoptic Gospels. In the months ahead expect to see new sections of the reconstruction and accompanying commentary published at JerusalemPerspective.com.