What if the Gospels had come first.


I have been musing about this since I wrote in the name of God a few days ago,

Knowledge -hearsay

The Jesus wo was

Let’s say for the sake of it that during the period between 48-52 AD the Gospels were inked,this would have been before Paul wrote Galations or Thessalonians.

The First Epistle to the Thessalonians, commonly referred to as First Thessalonians or 1 Thessalonians, is a Pauline epistle of the New Testament of the Christian Bible. The epistle is attributed to Paul the Apostle, and is addressed to the church in Thessalonica, in modern-day Greece. It is likely the first of Paul’s letters, probably written by the end of AD 52[1] (however, some scholars believe the Epistle to Galatians may have been written at an earlier date: AD 48[2]).

First Epistle to the Thessalonians

I have desired to let this be our parametres. So given we now have the Gospels at our fingertips what do we do with the Acts of the Apostles, without it we dispense with Paul’s missionary journeys but also the vital story of the coming of the Holy Spirit. How much will dispensing with the Acts affect our pre-paulian Christianty? Date for Acts was given by Wikipedia as about 80 AD. Leaving it there it gives us at least 53 years to grow a Christianity, based only on the words and Acts of Christ.

Not The Jesus who was but the Jesus who is.

Okay we shall cease messing about with assumption and belief and now we will hypothesize that a group of 12 + in a situation in which journaling on the road was the norm, just as now, as Mary ‘wrote it in her diary’were able to record the words and events as they occured.

At about 30 years of age Jesus appeared at the Jordan and was baptised and was pronounced the son of God- we have read this last time. He was then sent into the desert to endure his temptation – no one was with him to record the event so either he revealed it to Andrew Peter and John when they went to his home or they supposed it for effect and to explain his calling.

Our difficulty is as they stand the texts are written in the third person, We need gospels written in the first person singular or plural. Hence the Journaling. “We visited his home and while we were there Jesus told us of his upcoming temptations which would last for 40 days and nights and that he would meet us in Cana where his family had been invited to a wedding.

It was a miraculous event over which Mary seemed to push Jesus into changing the water into wine against his will. Jesus said the time wasn’t right and she said to do everything he told them, as though he had not spoken at all. This was his first miracle, I John, wrote it in my journal, wondering what kind of a man was this? Peter and Andrew were in a hurry to leave to return to their fishing business, so we went about our business.”

In the beginning there were many such incidents and it was difficult to weed out their importance. The later Hagiographies, have the events strewn all over the place and sometimes do not agree with each other. Well,we were there as reporters and reflectors.

They have called what passes for my testament a book of signs. Everything Jesus did was significant and signified and it was silly to say so.

Events such as the healing of Peter’s Mother- in Law were more of the nature of biographical information than specific Works.

A. Peter was married,b. Jesus had the power over sickness. c.Faith in him, Faith for us.”

Mark

Mark 14.51,52 Ever since I encountered him at the Jordan I had followed Jesus and listened to him, wrote down all I could… no one knew I was anyone in particular, just some kid taking notes….My Gospel was first to be written, I had had more time to make notes since I managed to go AWOL often enough to write down lots of information about Jesus.

Matthew

I really was a Tax collector. Matthew 9.9-13

I had been employed in the service of Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee. One day while I was sitting by the Customs House in Capernaum this man called Jesus came to me and said “follow me!” Jesus was scolded by the Pharisee for eating at my place on the day he called me. THEY didn’t even seem to acknowledge Jesus’s presence but asked those with him why he ate with sinners like me. Jesus told them to go away and get real.

Commentary on Matt. 9.13

Dr Luke,well he had no direct experience of Jesus. He supposedly interviewed Jesus’s mother Mary. Someone had to have had trustworthy witness to the songs of Elizabeth,Zechariah and Mary,to give to him,since these were events of which we knew nothing.

We all knew Mary yet she chose not to speak to us on certain topics. We can’t say anything about certain aspects of their lives so did it happen?

I am a bit anti-Luke because he later went about with Paul who had his own versions of things,causing conflict with the Truth.

And so forth.

These gospels,more in diary format may have improved in the telling of the Sayings and events.

The objective was to pip Paul at the post.

Breathed on by the Holy Spirit as opposed to tongues of fire and a minor earthquake,a multitude of converts rather than a steady trickle…

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About Andrew Blair

Living in Maroubra Australia. Carer for my wife Jessica. Simple web designer and Administrator; photographer, artist and theologian. In 2016 I had been Ordained to the Priesthood by a Celtic Catholic Bishop, I had the mistaken idea that the church might be changed from within. That was not to be. We now attend the Uniting Church in Maroubra Junction where we are very happy. My greatest desire is to serve God in the capacity of an Interfaith dialoguer since this seems to be my calling since 1997.

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