Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The Gospels & the Concerns of the Early Church

"The view mat much of the gospel material was simply created by the early church de novo to meet its religious needs and solve various religious problems is difficult to accept in the light of the fact that several of the major problems that the early church encountered never show up in the gospel materials. Since the first and most important issue that the early church faced was the question of whether Gentile Christians had to be circumcised, one would expect to find some saying of Jesus that dealt with this issue, if the church were creating material to solve certain problems."

--R. H. Stein, "The 'Criteria' for Authenticity," in Studies of History and Tradition in the Four Gospels (Gospel Perspectives 1; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1980), 227,


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Anonymous said...

The authors may have put words in the mouth of Jesus, but they weren't stupid. How in the world could they have Jesus addressing an issue that could not have possibly arisen until years after his death? That would have been like having Jesus discuss Nero by name.