Posted by: chuckbumgardner | January 29, 2008

Resources on “Apostolic Tradition”

Interested in studying the concept of “tradition” (paradosis) in the NT?  I have found the following resources to be helpful.
(In order of publication date)
Oscar Cullman, “The Tradition,” in The Early Church, trans. A. J. B. Higgins (London: SCM, 1956; trans. of La Tradition. ProblPme exégétique, historique et théologique, CahT 33 [Paris and Neuchâtel, 1953])
Yves M.-J. Congar, Tradition and Traditions (New York: Macmillan, 1966; trans. of La Tradition et les Traditions: Essai Historique [Paris: Librairie ArthPme Fayard, 1960]), 1-13
R. P. C. Hanson, Tradition in the Early Church (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1962), 8-17
Birger Gerhardsson, Memory and Manuscript: Oral Tradition and Written Transmission in Rabbinic Judaism and Early Christianity, ASNU 22 (Lund: Gleerup, 1964)
Ralph P. Martin, “Authority in the Light of the Apostolate, Tradition and the Canon,” Evangelical Quarterly 40 (1968 )
F. F. Bruce, Tradition Old and New (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1970)
George E. Ladd, “Revelation and Tradition in Paul,” in Apostolic History and the Gospel, ed. W. Ward Gasque and Ralph P. Martin (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1970)
George E. Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament, ed. and rev. by Donald A. Hagner (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993), 425-32
James I. H. McDonald, “Paradosis,” in Kerygma and Didache (London: Cambridge University Press, 1980), 101-25
Knox Chamblin, “Revelation and Tradition in the Pauline Euangelion,” WTJ 48 (1986): 1-16
Richard Bauckham, “Transmitting the Jesus Traditions,” in Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006), 264-89.


  1. I will add here:

    James D. G. Dunn, “The Tradition,” in The Historical Jesus in Recent Research, ed. James D. G. Dunn and Scot McKnight (Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2005), 167-184. Dunn notes that this essay is “reprinted, with permission, from J. D. G. Dunn, Jesus Remembered (Christianity in the Making 1; Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2003) 174-86, 238-54.”

  2. Another resource: Everett Ferguson, “Paradosis and Traditio: A Word Study,” in Tradition & the Rule of Faith in the Early Church (ed. Ronnie J. Rombs and Alexander Y. Hwang; Washington, D. C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2010), 3-29.

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