Re: [Synoptic-L] The elephant in the room
My only question about the gospels is What do they say? I make try to make no a priori assumptions, and try to challenge myself before, during and after I approach a passage to interpret it. This entire time I've thought we were trying to understand better what Lk actually says.
Rev. Chuck Jones
--- On Thu, 6/18/09, Dave Gentile <gentile_dave@...> wrote:
From: Dave Gentile <gentile_dave@...>
Subject: [Synoptic-L] The elephant in the room
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2009, 1:06 PM
It is apparent to me that the "big question" of "Was Jesus what the gospels claim he was?" looms behind this discussion. Progress while this question looms may be nearly impossible. I have a proposal to table it.
Suppose we construct two models.
In one model we will suppose apriori that Jesus is essentially what the gospels claim he is. We will need to flesh out some details, and resolve some apparent contradictions, but we will find a model consistent with our axiom.
In model two, we will take the opposite approach. We will assume apriori, without argument, as an axiom, that Jesus was an ordinary human being. Our task then is to figure out the events which led to him being regarded in an extraordinary fashion. Again, we will of course find a model consistent with our axiom.
We won't try to argue for one axiom over the other, or consider what results we might get without either axiom.
Alternately, we could decide we are no longer interested in this joint exploration, and simply decide to continue privately exploring whatever model we wish to explore.
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