Presuppositions--Re: [Synoptic-L] Birth Narratives
The questions are rhetorical. Each answers them their
own way and the dice fall where they may. . . . which
is my point. However, I do disagree that if Jesus is
God then there is no Synoptic Problem. The entire
premise or issue is one of perception and
interpretation to begin with. Depending on which model
you use the perceptions and interpretations will vary
Also, I disagree with your statement :
> Incarnate would certainly make sure that everythingwritten about him (that existed) was correct<. No, not
everything, only those texts which His Church declared
to be true and accurate, texts which we call
canonical. That is the whole point behind canonical
texts and those the Church rejected as apocryphal.
--- In Synoptic@yahoogroups.com, "Dennis Dean Carpenter" <ddcanne@...>
>for historical inquiry. The second question, however, carries a
> John Lupia questions, "The crux of the matter is
> did Jesus institute a Church prior to the crucifixion,
> or not? Was Jesus merely an ordinary man with nice
> qualities, or is He God Incarnate? The answers to
> these questions determine our approach to the study of
> the New testament since it is >impossible< to separate
> them. "
> It seems to me that the first question could possibly be a question
presupposition that would not be historical but supernatural. If one
approaches historical Jesus studies from the viewpoint that Jesus was
"God Incarnate," is there any need to delve any further? At that
point, there is no reason to fret about the historical situation of
first century Judah or Galilee, because if Jesus was/is "God
Incarnate" there is no reason to question the Christian Testament,
since a God Incarnate would certainly make sure that everything
written about him (that existed) was correct, wouldn't he? There would
be no "synoptic problem," we are back to the idea of different
witnesses telling different stories and other apologetics, aren't we?
>little on this forum, I'd forgotten I had to send to all.)
> Doesn't the second presupposition preclude "historical study?"
> Dennis Dean Carpenter
> Dahlonega, Ga.
> (John, I didn't mean to send the post directly to you. I post so
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