In 16:7, the next-to-last verse, an angel tells the women at the empty tomb to inform “the disciples and Peter” that the resurrected Jesus is going on ahead to Galilee. device as overwhelmingly Markan” (p. 158). Because many aspects of our everyday lives are full of redundancies, our memory systems take advantage of the recurring patterns by forming and using schemata, or memory templates (Alba & Hasher, 1983; Brewer & Treyens, 1981). The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 1 (Luke 19:1-10), Bible Storying Series - Teaching The Story Of God Chronologically, Bible Teaching Ideas: The Ten Commandments And Ten Fingers. saw the Spirit descending on him” (1:10), “He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil (v. 38), Jesus’ ministry focuses on healings and exorcisms; e.g. Caputo, D. D., & Dunning, D. (2007). Just like historians put great weight on eyewitness testimony, they also give more respect to early historical writings done close to the events they discuss. These eyewitness participants in the Jesus movement cherished their Lord’s teachings and activities, so they retained and recounted them scrupulously and painstakingly. It involves a more complicated process than might initially be presumed. A picture is worth a thousand lies. These memories can then spill out into other aspects of subjects’ lives, such that they often become less interested in eating that food in the future (Bernstein & Loftus, 2009b). But to what extent is this necessary? According to Loftus, why is the study of eyewitness memory important? Zondervan, 2005. The potential unreliability of eyewitness testimony poses one of the most serious problems in the administration of criminal justice. Subjects apparently believe what the computer says about them and adjust their memories to match this new information. . But what can we do to start to fix them? It is amazing to me that when we read Mark’s Gospel, we hear Peter’s portrait of Jesus. Loftus, E. F., & Pickrell, J. E. (1995). (1999). Technical Working Group for Eyewitness Evidence. We will further explore Luke’s use of it in the next article. In E. Shafir (Ed.). In R.C.L. Why is eyewitness testimony important? . Bottom line for this Q & A: These early names indicate that we have original, eyewitness testimony. . Wade, K. A., Garry, M., Read, J. D., & Lindsay, S. A. already a salient topic to discuss with regard to its direct application of expertise in memory John Timmer - Jul 25, 2017 5:25 pm UTC Additionally, there is a correlation of the plural-to-singular narrative device with the many references to Peter and the core disciples. But the other Gospels fill out the picture and say that the women, apparently overcoming their fears, eventually told the men. In Jesus' authority, the disciples, while on their first mission, surely wanted to pass on accurately what he had been teaching and to imitate closely what he had been doing. A memory is no less “memorable” just because it is wrong. the crucifixion, resurrection, and Pentecost). Eyewitness testimony provides powerful proof that Jesus' life, death, and resurrection were true. Their accuracy for items they had not previously discussed with their co-witness was 79%. Lindsay, D.F. Please see the article on Matthew’s Gospel for clarification (in that link scroll down to Q & A Twelve). (Harvard, 2003). For details on this case and other (relatively) lucky individuals whose false convictions were subsequently overturned with DNA evidence, see the Innocence Project website (http://www.innocenceproject.org/). The subjects, or mock witnesses, are given some instructions and asked to pick the perpetrator out of the lineup. . The eyewitness is given a set of small pictures of perhaps six or eight individuals who are dressed similarly and photographed in similar circumstances. This is where things can really get complicated, if they are not already. Mark D. Roberts. “Did the Gospel Writers Know Jesus Personally?” Section C. James M. Arlandson teaches World Religions, Humanities, Introduction to Philosophy, and Introduction to Ethics at various colleges. Subjects who had been asked about the yield sign were likely to pick the slide showing the yield sign, even though they had originally seen the slide with the stop sign. But for items that they had discussed, their accuracy dropped markedly, to 34%. Then Mark has an abbreviated first commission (6:6b-13), when Jesus actually imparts authority to his twelve disciples for a real mission (v. 7). 39-66, for this Q & A). Ideally this recollection of events is detailed; however, this is not always the case. The following example may seem trivial to us today because we are not tuned into inclusios, as a common literary strategy. Both Peter’s speech and Mark’s Gospel follow the outline of Jesus’ life, but so do the other Gospels. Unnamed persons in the Gospels either did not join the Jesus movement, even though they were healed or blessed in some way; or they did join the Jesus movement, but their names were unknown to a given Gospel writer at the time and place that he wrote, so they were dropped. . Next, every story has a point of view or multiple points of view. Peter is the main eyewitness source in Mark’s Gospel. See Q & A Eleven for the bottom line on this narrative device. Subjects in one study were more likely to say yes when asked “Did you see the broken headlight?” than when asked “Did you see a broken headlight?” (Loftus, 1975). . Bartlett, J. C., & Memon, A. Importantly, once these false memories are implanted—whether through complex methods or simple ones—it is extremely difficult to tell them apart from true memories (Bernstein & Loftus, 2009a; Laney & Loftus, 2008). So he uses narrative devices like omniscient, third-person point of view and the plural-to-singular narrative device peculiar to him and not to Matthew and Luke, mostly. We now look at Carson’s and Moo’s study. A simple (not simplistic) answer is at hand. Once an eyewitness gets to court to give testimony, false memories may have become crystallized. Other than Jesus, Peter is the focus of Mark’s Gospel. I added some things and revised portions after I incorporated them. They indeed exercise their God-given authority during their ministry (v. 13). Make my memory: How advertising can change our memories of the past. This process is modeled in laboratory studies of eyewitness identifications. Probably only a suspect’s signed confession can further convince a jury about that individual’s guilt. All four Gospels cohere together on the future witness of the disciples, in one storyline, though Mark in its ending takes the circuitous route or implies the future witness. Do you remember proposing marriage to the Pepsi machine? ", Also see Part Three: “Archaeology and the Gospel of John: Is skepticism chic passé?”. A young man dressed in a white robe (an angel) commands some key women to tell Jesus’ disciples and Peter to meet him in Galilee. Bauckham and Carson and Moo present very strong evidence for the early church’s view that Mark wrote the second Gospel, and Peter stood behind it. (2003). This means that no one in the lineup should “stick out,” and that everyone should match the description given by the eyewitness. (1995). Even slight differences in the wording of a question can lead to misinformation effects. Questions of authorship and date are important. Role of schemata in memory for places. “Gospel Authorship by Mark and Luke: Some Implications.” July 2006. It involves a more complicated process than might initially be presumed. (2002). If a witness identifies a foil or no one, then the police may choose to move their investigation in another direction. This is a problem particularly in cases where more than one person witnesses a crime. One of the pair was the original slide containing the stop sign; the other was a replacement slide containing a yield sign. (2007). Researchers had subjects watch a video in pairs. The apostle probably said, “The next day, we left Bethany, and he [Jesus] got hungry.” But Mark is writing a story from a distance, uninvolved in it personally. Individual differences in imagination inflation. Thus, Mark heard Peter preaching. He can present a passage from one character’s point of view, and in the next (or even same) passage he can shift it to another character. Here, too, there is a substantial body of research demonstrating that eyewitnesses can make serious, but often understandable and even predictable, errors (Caputo & Dunning, 2007; Cutler & Penrod, 1995). Imagine that you are a juror in a murder case where an eyewitness testifies. Explain some of the errors that are common in human memory. The Gospels are not the imaginative inventions and fictions – with only a kernel of accuracy – of much-later generations of anonymous disciples who never witnessed with their own eyes the ministry of Jesus in Israel and the events in Jerusalem (e.g. In our study of Matthew in the previous article, the Gospel does not seem to have an inclusio of eyewitness testimony, but maybe of authoritative testimony, from Matt. the early church knew Alexander and Rufus), Bauckham narrows down the answer: “There does not seem to be a good reason available other than that Mark is appealing to Simon’s eyewitness testimony, known in the early Christian movement not from his own firsthand account but through his sons” (Bauckham, p. 52). Eyewitnesses are often asked to describe that perpetrator to law enforcement and later to make identifications from books of mug shots or lineups. Science — The science of why eyewitness testimony is often wrong Wrongful convictions are often the product of eyewitness testimony. Is there another strategy in Mark that shows Peter’s eyewitness testimony? See Part Two in the series: "Archaeology and the Synoptic Gospels: Which way do the rocks roll? 2 When Jesus got out of the boat . D. A. Carson and Douglas Moo. But nothing here contradicts those doctrines. Mazzoni, G. A. L., Loftus, E. F., Seitz, A., & Lynn, S.J. Eyewitness memory and the legal system. Peter and Mark give only the very basics, as their speech and narrative move from one thing to another, rapidly. Eyewitness testimonies is a legal term that refers to an account of witness events given by a witness. By contrast, Paul’s speeches, though likely summaries as well, seem to be lengthy arguments, particularly since half of them in the following references were delivered in a legal setting: Acts 13:16-41; 17:22-31; 20:18-35; 22:1-21; 24:10-21; 26:1-23. Next, Mark uses the plural-to-singular narrative device that mostly reflects Peter’s perspective. And only Mark names Bartimaeus. 26:2-16); Bartimaeus, former blind man (Mark 10:46-52 // Matt. He uses the third person plural subject or verb (e.g. The plural-to-singular narrative device, nearly unique to Mark, is designed to reveal point of view. The nature of real, implanted, and fabricated memories for emotional childhood events: Implications for the recovered memory debate. Both are brief, move rapidly, and are action oriented. Mark’s Gospel, following Peter’s brevity, seems to be almost a learning manual of gospel essentials so witnesses can go around the world to preach the new message in its boiled-down simplicity. Importantly, these errors, once made, can be very hard to unmake. This assessment takes into consideration that Luke probably records a summary of Peter’s speech. Short of being an eyewitness yourself, historical primary source testimony is the closest you can come to proving beyond a doubt that those historical events actually occurred. Berkowitz, S. R., Laney, C., Morris, E. K., Garry, M., & Loftus, E. F. (2008). Eyewitness testimony is what happens when a person witnesses a crime (or accident, or other legally important event) and later gets up on the stand and recalls for the court all the details of the witnessed event. Eyewitnesses can provide very compelling legal testimony, but rather than recording experiences flawlessly, their memories are susceptible to a variety of errors and biases. Slashes // mean parallel passages among them. No, of course not. . So for a comparison, Luke is the relevant Gospel in this article on Mark. Brown, A. S. (1991). 10:1 to 28:20. It is probable that Peter preached, “We then went to this or that place, and Jesus said or did this.” Mark was not part of the “we,” so he writes “they” naturally. In a Greek word count of the three Synoptics, Mark outnumbers the other two in the mention of Simon or Peter: Mark (one out of 432 words), Matthew (one of 654 words) and Luke (one of 670 words) (p. 126). Still under the third category, Mark and Luke, but not Matthew, name Jairus. 36-42. Modernising the misinformation effect: The development of a new stimulus set. Eyewitness testimony, they argue, is “the least reliable form of evidence in a criminal trial”. Eyewitness Testimony in Luke's Gospel: Ready? Rather, the strategy seems to be a topos or commonplace rhetorical tool. Steblay, N. M., & Loftus, E. F. (2012). I still think it was a banana: Memorable ‘lies’ and forgettable ‘truths’. . It frames a narrative with an emphasis on the same character as an eyewitness at the beginning and end of the story. Say it to my face: Examining the effects of socially encountered misinformation. Bernstein, D. M., & Loftus, E. F. (2009b). According to the Association for Psychological Science, research shows that memories, which are the basis of eyewitness accounts, are fallible and prone to distortion. Finally, Mark’s plural-to-singular device has been demonstrated with ample evidence (see the Biblical references in Q & A Six). An unnamed character in Mark does not gain a name in Matthew or Luke. Even though I tried hard to simplify Bauckham’s evidence and conclusions, I admit that this article may get complicated unless, perhaps, the readers look up some passages. So the tendency is to eliminate names in the Synoptics. In the majority of cases where DNA evidence has … Be sure to include a specific quotation from the excerpt above to support your explanation. The eyewitness may be interviewed by the police and numerous lawyers, describe the perpetrator to several different people, and make an identification of the perpetrator, among other things. First, Mark names Simon (with reference to Peter) seven times and Peter nineteen times. For example, subjects were asked, “How fast was the car traveling when it passed the yield sign?” But this question was actually designed to be misleading, because the original slide included a stop sign rather than a yield sign. (1978). In this study, after just being asked whether they remembered these events occurring on three separate occasions, a quarter of subjects came to believe that they had indeed been lost in the mall (Loftus & Pickrell, 1995). Mark uses adverbs that are translated as “immediately,” “at once,” “without delay” or “quickly” over forty times in his short Gospel. It involves a more complicated process than might initially be presumed. . In other words, the misinformation in the leading question led to inaccurate memory. However, the Gospel ends abruptly, saying that the women, fearing, said nothing to anyone (v. 8). Outside a legal context, Acts 20:7 says that Paul spoke to a Christian gathering for a long time, until midnight. Loftus, E. F. (2005). Eyewitness testimony is critically important to the justice system. After more than 10 years, he was exonerated (and the real rapist identified) based on DNA evidence. Recall that Peter is distinguished in the literary strategy of inclusio, and he is actually present in large portions of Mark. Paul was not brief! However, note that Mark repeats Simon’s name in 1:16, before Jesus changes his name to Peter in Mark 3:16. Some subjects were then asked leading questions about what had happened in the slides. Bauckham lists these examples. Brigham, J. C., Bennett, L. B., Meissner, C. A., & Mitchell, T. L. (2007). Maybe it explains, to a large degree, why many segments of the Church no longer take Scripture as seriously as the Church once did, except of course those passages about peace and love and justice. Emotional content of true and false memories. Garry, M., French, L., Kinzett, T., & Mori, K. (2008). Instead, he uses "they" in a careful way in passages of movement from one place to the next. We also consider two other scholars’ book: D. A. Carson and Douglas Moo. (1) Women at the cross and tomb: We already saw in the article on Matthew that Mary Magdalene figures prominently. These studies have demonstrated that young adults (the typical research subjects in psychology) are often susceptible to misinformation, but that children and older adults can be even more susceptible (Bartlett & Memon, 2007; Ceci & Bruck, 1995). Then subjects worked individually on 20 additional memory test questions. Jesus predicts that the Gospel shall be preached to all nations (Mark 13:10). 226, 621, 689, for more examples). Juries tend to pay close attention to eyewitness testimony and generally find it a reliable source of information. He provides information that characters in the story may not know about (5:3-5). Often, it is the “omniscient” narrator who has control of the overall ideology and flow of the story. So it is likely that Mark completed his Gospel shortly afterwards, though tradition also implies that he was working on it, in some form, while Peter was alive. Seamon, J. G., Philbin, M. M., & Harrison, L. G. (2006). Other recommendations call for appropriate education (often in the form of expert witness testimony) to be provided to jury members and others tasked with assessing eyewitness memory. Several surveys have collected opinions from eyewitness experts. Research into EWT is therefore vital, as it helps further understanding of how memory works, especially as to how inaccurate … So, although they were both watching the same screen, and believed (quite reasonably) that they were watching the same video, they were actually watching two different versions of the video (Garry, French, Kinzett, & Mori, 2008). False memories about food can lead to food avoidance. Authoritative Testimony in Matthew's Gospel: Mission Possible! Yes, it receives support from two textual facts. They can mix up details across time and place. Second, not surprisingly, then, Peter figures very prominently and is actually present throughout large portions of Mark’s Gospel from 1:16 to 14:72 (the only exceptions are 6:14-29; 10:35-40; 14:1-2, 10-11, 55-65) (Bauckham, p. 126). 4:4-7), 3. Likewise, eyewitness memory can be corrupted by leading questions, misinterpretations of events, conversations with co-witnesses, and their own expectations for what should have happened. The second commission is implied at the end of Mark’s Gospel, but not explicitly stated (16:6-7). Thus, the plural-to-singular device and internal focalization work well together and show, again, that Peter is Mark’s principal eyewitness source. Luke may have some interesting uses of the plural-to-singular narrative device, but “they do not alter the overall picture of the . And who is included in the "we"? Eyewitness testimonies are important because they are sometimes considered to be direct evidence in court. For example, one group of researchers used a mock-advertising study, wherein subjects were asked to review (fake) advertisements for Disney vacations, to convince subjects that they had once met the character Bugs Bunny at Disneyland—an impossible false memory because Bugs is a Warner Brothers character (Braun et al., 2002). In these studies, subjects are told (falsely) that a powerful computer system has analyzed questionnaires that they completed previously and has concluded that they had a particular experience years earlier. Eyewitness testimony is an important area of research in cognitive psychology and human memory. (3) Recipients of healing, only three examples follow: Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:22-24a, 35-42 // Matt. I agree that this article is complicated. Eyewitness memory can also be unreliable and bias due to misleading information in a question. Eyewitness testimony is important to investigators because it provides important insights into precisely what had happened. 1. Many jurisdictions in the United States use “show-ups,” where an eyewitness is brought to a suspect (who may be standing on the street or in handcuffs in the back of a police car) and asked, “Is this the perpetrator?” Is this a good or bad idea, from a psychological perspective? This kind of detail increases the historical reliability of Mark specifically and the Synoptics generally. And the "we" is Peter’s point of view. These passages imply the "we" of Peter’s point of view. Eyewitness evidence: Improving its probative value. “Jesus healed many who had various diseases. A number of specific recommendations have already been made, and many of these are in the process of being implemented (e.g., Steblay & Loftus, 2012; Technical Working Group for Eyewitness Evidence, 1999; Wells et al., 1998). “they”) and then goes right to a singular subject or verb (e.g. In all three Synoptics, Peter plays a big role, but it is bigger in the much-shorter Gospel of Mark. In Mark, the so-called “omniscient” narrator is used. Bauckham writes: “The plural-to-singular narrative device in Mark meets the test for internal focalization . Answer #3 | 22/10 2015 16:18 Eventually things come down to the evidence of our senses and faculties. It makes sense that he would use narrative strategies to show and tell the life of Jesus. . Back in the early 1990s a pattern emerged whereby people would go into therapy for depression and other everyday problems, but over the course of the therapy develop memories for violent and horrible victimhood (Loftus & Ketcham, 1994). 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