Re: [XTalk] Lost Gospels
- Jim West wrote:
> At 04:30 PM 5/21/04 -0400, you wrote:But since the issue is not who or what he was, but who his followers believed he
> >"As any good historian knows, the documents closest to the source of the
> >rise of the movement are likely to reveal most about the origins of a
> >religious group."
> I'm not so sure that this is true anyway. The documents closest to the rise
> of Hitler certainly do not rightly represent who or what he was.
was, I think your complaint is misplaced.
> Writers inUmm, aren't you not only using a canon of historiography that was not that of the
> ancient times tended to be highly motivated to paint their hero's a specific
> color without any interest in their foibles. If I were writing a biography
> of Zwingli I may or may not include the story of his fornication- but his
> earliest biographer did NOT include it. So the "earlier is better history
> notion" doesn't really hold water.
"earliest" writers, but also assuming that, unlike the "earlier writers", the
"later" writers were working as you would work?
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