Behind the Gospels: Understanding the Oral Tradition by Eric Eve, Fortress Press; Reprint edition (July 1, 2014), 224 pp.
Even though the Christian can always offer certain dates for the Gospels, it should remembered that there was a gap of time between the ascension of Jesus and when the Gospel authors actually wrote their individual biographies about the life of Jesus. Therefore, there was a period where the words and deeds of Jesus were committed to memory by the disciples and transmitted orally. The home, the synagogue, and the elementary school was where Jewish people learned how to memorize and recall information such as community prayers. There is evidence for “oral tradition” language in the New Testament. For example:
If we look at Luke 1:1-4, we see even though Luke was not a direct eyewitness of Jesus’ ministry, he says the information he received was given to him by those who were “from…
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