The Life of Yeshua: A Suggested Reconstruction

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"The Life of Yeshua: A Suggested Reconstruction" is a ground breaking attempt to follow the stages of Gospel transmission backward to reach the earliest form of the stories about Jesus that originated in the conjectured Hebrew Life of Yeshua.

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Updated: 23-November-2018

Under the direction of David Bivin, Jerusalem Perspective has launched an attempt to reconstruct the account of Jesus’ life which, according to church tradition, was written in Hebrew by Jesus’ disciple Matthew.

Although this ancient eyewitness account is no longer extant, we believe that significant portions of this source have been preserved in the canonical Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. If this theory is correct, then the first three canonical Gospels are the grandchildren or great-grandchildren of that conjectured Hebrew biography, which we refer to as the Hebrew Life of Yeshua (LOY).

An attempt also has been made to reconstruct the first Greek translation of the Hebrew Life of Yeshua, a more immediate ancestor of Matthew, Mark and Luke.

Reconstructing the Hebrew Life of Yeshua is possible because the traditions preserved in the Synoptic Gospels show signs of literary development that occurred as these traditions passed through various stages before reaching their present form.

These stages include:

  1. Translation from a written Hebrew biography to Greek;
  2. A stage in which the highly literal and, consequently, unidiomatic Greek translation passed into improved Greek versions;
  3. The stages of development that took place as the traditions passed from the earliest Synoptic Gospel to the second Gospel, and from the second to the third.


The two videos above offer an introductory explanation of how Robert Lindsey’s solution to the Synoptic Problem works and what his theory is able to explain.

“The Life of Yeshua: A Suggested Reconstruction” is an attempt to follow those stages backward to reach the earliest form of the Gospel traditions that originated in the Hebrew Life of Yeshua.

A commentary accompanying each segment of the reconstruction explains the reasons for the decisions we made and discusses new insights that are gained from reconstructing Jesus’ words in their original language and in their original contexts.


LOY Introductory Materials

It is essential to read “Introduction to ‘The Life of Yeshua: A Suggested Reconstruction’” before studying the reconstructions and accompanying commentary.

 

Since we suppose that the Hebrew Life of Yeshua ordered its stories differently from the order they are presented in the Synoptic Gospels, we have provided a Map (or outline) of the conjectured Hebrew biography. Click here to view the Map of the Conjectured Hebrew Life of Yeshua.

 

A Scripture Key to “The Life of Yeshua: A Suggested Reconstruction” is also available for easy reference.


LOY Reconstruction Segments with Commentary

Yohanan the Immerser and Yeshua the Son of God

 

A Voice Crying (in preparation)

 

Yohanan the Immerser Demands Repentance (in preparation)

 

Yohanan the Immerser’s Exhortations (in preparation)

 

Yohanan the Immerser’s Eschatological Discourse (in preparation)

 

 

Yohanan the Immerser’s Execution (in preparation)

 

Yeshua’s Immersion (in preparation)

 

Yeshua’s Testing (in preparation)

 

Yeshua, the Galilean Miracle-Worker

Healing Shimon’s Mother-in-law

 

Teaching and Healing in Judea

Widow’s Son in Nain

 

Calling and Training Disciples

Not Everyone Can Be Yeshua’s Disciple

 

 

Tower Builder and King Going to War Similes

 

“Cost of Entering the Kingdom of Heaven” complex

 

“Yeshua and Levi the Toll Collector” complex

 

“Yohanan the Immerser and the Kingdom of Heaven” complex (Newly Completed Complex!)

 

 

“How to Pray” complex

 

“Mission of the Twelve” complex

 

Passover


Preparations for Eating Passover Lamb

 


Commentary on Pericopae External to LOY[1]

 

Jesus and a Canaanite Woman

 

Spontaneous Growth parable (in preparation)

 


LOY Excursus

 

Mark’s Editorial Style

 

 

Catalog of Markan Stereotypes and Possible Markan Pick-ups

 

 

Greek Transliterations of Hebrew, Aramaic and Hebrew/Aramaic Words in the Synoptic Gospels

 

The Kingdom of Heaven in the Life of Yeshua

 

Greek-Hebrew Equivalents in the LOY Reconstructions

 

 

 

Criteria for Identifying Separated Twin Parables and Similes in the Synoptic Gospels

 

 

Criteria for Distinguishing Type 1 from Type 2 DT Pericopae

 

 


  • [1] By “external to LOY” we simply mean that we believe a given pericope did not originate in the Hebrew Life of Yeshua, but was derived from another written or oral source, possibly even from eye-witness testimony. The designation “external to LOY” refers exclusively to our source-critical analysis, and implies nothing about the historical, religious or theological value of a given pericope, or our opinion of its inspiration or canonicity.

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