Paul’s third clue regarding oral transmission is his use of the theme “bearing witness.” Being a witness makes us think of courtrooms, swearing on a Bible, and fear of the punishment of perjury. It had similar meaning in the first century. "So then, someone must join us as a witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus…” said Peter before choosing a replacement for Judas, “He must be one of the men who were in our group during the whole time that the Lord Jesus traveled about with us…”. Eyewitness testimony was called for.
Finally, Paul urged his readers to recollect already known traditions. “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, of the seed of David, according to my gospel…” he told Timothy. We only remember that which we already know.
Neither the oral traditions nor the writings of Paul and the Gospels were haphazard or mythical. Boyd concludes, “Had these authors expressed a vision of Jesus that was substantially inconsistent with the church’s oral tradition, that community never would have accepted them.”