Nov 22, 2012

Bauckam on Names in the New Testament

Richard Bauckham presented an interesting paper last Thursday at the Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting entitled, “Naming Practices in Jewish Palestine in the late Second Period and their relevance for the New Testament.” Part of his presentation included a discussion of the variety of ways that people with common names are distinguished from others with the same names in the New Testament. Here is Backham's list.

James son of Zebedee
Levi son of Alphaeus

Place of origin (used when elsewhere)

Mary of Magdala
Joseph of Arimathea
Jesus of Nazareth
The Egyptian (Acts 21:38)


James the Little [not James the less]


Joseph the carpenter
Simon the tanner

Nickname used as family name

(Joseph) Caiaphas
Place of origin as family name
Judas Iscariot son of Simon Iscariot

Woman by husband

Mary (wife of) Clopas

Woman by son(s)

Mary mother of Jesus
Mary mother of James the Little and Jose
The mother of the sons of Zebedee


ibexdr said...

Or simply James with no qualification (jas 1:1; Jude 1) be ayes everyone would know who it references because of his recognition by all believers.

ibexdr said...

Or simply "James" with no qualification because everyone would know which James!