A few questions about the recording of Jesus...?

By the time Jesus was supposed to have came into being, written languages had been around for well over 3,000 years. If Jesus were the true son of God, or the carnation of God upon Earth, why is it that all of his teachings and speeches would not have been written down word per word for future generations. Why wouldn't Jesus put all his teachings on paper in his own writing and pass the scrolls down for all generations to come? Why are the writings concerning Jesus second hand, and mostly around 60 AD after his death, rather than first hand during his life?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    He lived in an oral society.

    Think about it this way. The Talmud is a huge, multi-volume set containing the teachings of prominent rabbis from the second temple era. And yet, the Jews considered those teachings so sacred that they were forbidden from writing any of them down. The Talmud that we have today was transcribed, word-for-word from memory, by scribes working some 300 years after the conversations and dissertations that they describe. You find a similar situation among some of the greatest philosophers of ancient Greece. Socrates never wrote a word - his arguments were recorded decades after his death. Of the great Aristotle all we have are a few of his lecture notes. Pathagoras never wrote a thing, and neither did Parmenides. Scholars even maintain that the Illiad and the Odyssey (as well as all of the works of Hesiod) weren't written down until centuries after their composition. Of all the poems of Sappho mentioned by ancient authors, we only have one in writing. And that is the only poem in Aeolic Greek. Alexander the Great conquered the known world and shaped human history more than any other figure of ancient western history, and yet it was nearly 400 years before anyone thought to document his life.

    The truth is, scholars actually comment on how remarkable it is that we have writings about Jesus that were written so close to his actual life. "Q" (the source behind Matthew and Luke, and the source of most of the sayings attributed to Jesus) is thought to date to within 20 years of the death of Jesus. The Passion Narrative in Mark is typically dated to within 10 years of the death of Jesus. Paul repeats sayings attributed to Jesus as early as 20 years from the time of the crucifixion.

    (I should mention that the similarities that you find between Matthew and Luke are significant. 80% of their material is held in common, even though there is no evidence of collusion. That is the source known as "Q," which most scholars consider the unwritten, memorized sayings of Jesus that were handed down independently in the two different communities that produced Matthew and Luke.)

  • 1 decade ago

    John 21:25 (New International Version)

    25Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

    Jesus only did what his father told him to do, God the father obviously did not want his son to right an autobiography, but rather to give us a living example of how to do what God wants us to do.

    Ultimately to die on a cross and rise again for the redemption of our sins.

  • 1 decade ago

    I hardly think the deciples had the means or the education to take dictation word for word. The proof of his words can be found in the gospels...which were written by four different people who lived and walked with Jesus. Perhaps they had written down a few things..and that is how they came so close to being word for word the same.

  • 1 decade ago

    Actually, the first half of the bible WAS written down. Jesus did not come to have his words written down, but to demonstrate a life based on a relationship with God. He did not come for scholars, but for sinners.

    Jesus came to BE, to FULFILL and to REVEAL...not to write down. He is the Word of God. The words were recorded, not with pen and ink, but in the hearts and lives of the people who received him.

    Matthew 22:29

    Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.

    Luke 24:45

    Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.

    John 5:39

    “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!

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  • 1 decade ago

    president roosevelt didn't write down his pearl harbor speech in his own handwriting and mail it out to all american citizens. he gave his speech and secondhand people that heard it wrote it down and now people that weren't even alive then could read it.

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