So, tradition history, we cannot do without you!
Come back, sources! Come back, strata! Come back, sifting!
Come back, that sensible and constructive sceptisism which recognises that the first-century world of the documents is not identical with the twentyfirst-century world of those who study the documents.
(David Catchpole, Jesus People. The Historical Jesus and the Beginnings of Community, Darton, Longman and Todd/Baker Academic, London/Grand Rapids, 2006, p. 57.