Did the Gospel Writers Feel Free to Make Stuff Up?

What We’re Talking About

I should say a word about what I mean and what I don’t mean.

I’m talking about making stuff up out of whole cloth–the kind of things that the authors of the Gnostic gospels did, telling stories and making up sayings that have absolutely no relation to the historical Jesus and what he said and did.

I’m not talking about paraphrasing what Jesus said–using different words to express the same thing. Or simplifying a story by choosing not to record certain details about what happened. Or telling a story from a certain point of view or bringing out an implication, nuance, or meaning that others might not have brought out. Or using a bit of literary artistry or reorganization in how the material is presented.

The gospel authors did all of those things, as is easy to show. John did a bit more of them than the other three.

What I’m talking about is fundamentally different. I’m talking about making stuff up.

While the Gnostics may have been into that kind of thing, there are very good reasons to think that the authors of the canonical gospels weren’t.

Let’s look at two reasons why . . .

Watch the video for more!

via Did the Gospel Writers Feel Free to Make Stuff Up?.

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