Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.
 

Goulder once again

Expand Messages
  • Jeffrey B. Gibson
    Goulder notes that one of the fundamental assumptions of the accepted history of the LP is that it was something that Jesus composed and taught to his
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 30, 2009
      Goulder notes that one of the fundamental assumptions of "the accepted
      history" of the LP is that it was something that Jesus composed and
      taught to his disciples. His reason for questioning the validity of
      this assumption is that it is then:

      "... the only thing of the kind he ever did. Jesus did not commit
      his teaching to writing because he believed that his disciples were,
      like St. Paul's, his epistle written in fleshy tables of the heart,
      and that the Holy Spirit would guide them into all truth. To teach
      something by heart is the same in principle as to write it down, and
      there is no statement in the gospels that Jesus ever taught his
      disciples by heart any other thing than the Lord's Prayer. Jesus
      might have made an exception in favour of a single prayer, but there
      is no very obvious reason why he should so have done.


      Some bold assertions, I think.

      Is it really the the case that Jesus "believed that his disciples were,
      like St. Paul's, his epistle written in fleshy tables of the heart, and
      that the Holy Spirit would guide them into all truth". To paraphrase
      Goulder, do we find any statement in the Synoptics that verifies this
      claim?

      And is it really the case, even IF there is no direct statement in the
      Gospels to this effect (is this true?), that Jesus would never have
      taught his disciples by heart? Given what seem to have been standard
      Jewish pedagogical practices employed by teachers of the sort that Jesus
      is depicted by the evangelists as being, wouldn't teaching by heart be
      assumed by the evangelists to be the method Jesus ordinarily employed
      with the disciples?

      Jeffrey

      --
      Jeffrey B. Gibson, D.Phil. (Oxon)
      1500 W. Pratt Blvd.
      Chicago, Illinois
      e-mail jgibson000@...



      [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.