Three Stages In the Formation of the Gospels


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The Case for Jesus by Brant Pitre

If you haven’t picked up The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christby Brant Pitre, I highly recommend it. As I have noted before on this blog, even though  the Christian can always offer certain dates for the Gospels, it should remembered that there was a gap of time between the ascension of Jesus and when the Gospel authors actually wrote their individual biographies about the life of Jesus.  Therefore, there was  a period where the words and deeds of Jesus were committed to memory by the disciples and transmitted orally. Remember, the home, the synagogue, and the elementary school was where Jewish people learned how to memorize and recall information such as community prayers. As Craig Evans notes in his article on Jewish Scripture and the Literacy of Jesus, according to the Shema, which all Torah observant Jews were expected to recite daily, parents were to teach  their children…

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