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Running Like a Wildfire

  • October 6, 2020
  • By Ben van Noort
Running Like a Wildfire

Running Like a Wildfire

The theory of documentation before the gospels deserves to be like a wildfire.

A Pressing Question
“How do people  look at the Bible?” This question has not been posed quite often. In Christian circles, churches and communities the question is often answered only with a general answer. A missed chance in Christianity. Why? Ignoring the question and not giving a detailed answer show only the lack of knowledge within Christianity. Moreover one fosters division instead of unity as everyone has their own premises to color the biblical content.

Traditional or Liberal
Roughly one takes it that there are two points of view about the Bible: traditional or liberal. The first is connected normally with a positive form of belief, and the second opinion is usually critical or even skeptical by nature. Common in both opinions is the assumption of the oral tradition prior to the gospels. And in both opinions one holds the view that inaccuracies crept into the gospels through the oral tradition. And so, both opinions are accompanied with confusion about the Word of God.

Happily a third point of view is possible: documentation. Rapid writers have worked during Jesus’ teachings. They have documented his words and deeds. The so called differences among the gospels are no inaccuracies, but the results of detailed observations and recordings. Instead of confusion the work of the rapid writers brings the content of the gospels really close by. And three key texts are real crown jewels for documentation. (Needless to say that documentation is the biblical point of view.)

About documentation, I wrote the book Jesus’s Stenographers (2018). Most significant aspects of documentation have been brought together in it. Including the introduction of stenography in 63 BC in the Roman senate and the spreading of it in the Roman empire thereafter.

What Does it Bring Me?
How will documentation color the biblical content to me? After hearing a presentation, an information lesson, an enthusiastic story, a book:You read the gospels with new interest.

  • You have a totally new conviction about the gospels.
  • You understand how the spoken word has been presented in the books.
  • You will say No to the oral tradition.
  • You know that the gospels form the Testament of Jesus: reports have been written before his death, and published shortly thereafter.
  • And above all: God begins to speak more directly to you through the gospels.

They will love it 
So yes, documentation deserves spreading like a wildfire. It is good for Christians. Hearing and understanding it, they will love it.

By Ben van Noort, October 6, 2020