I have also aimed to show that the accounts of the miracles in the Gospels are of later date than the greater part of the balance of the books. They are either confined largely to certain sections well toward the beginnings of the books, or stand as apparent interpolations when the Gospels are compared with one another, and assuming that they were copied from some common source.
Of much the same character, are all references to the disciples, and particularly to the twelve, and to Andrew and James and John by name. I do not believe that Jesus had twelve disciples, and I believe that the Gospels themselves Show it. If the books were copied, or translated, from some common pre-existing source or sources, those older accounts did not mention the twelve or the favored four; and I doubt if the oldest of them mentioned any disciples at all.
Let me impress upon the reader once more the necessity of studying the Gos els In this book as he reads it, rather than to merely read what I ave said about them. They are their own best commentary. I have endeavored oftentimes to do little more than point out certain peculiarities about them, leaving it for the reader to draw his own conclusions. Perhaps I ought not to have done this; but if I have sometimes simply called attention to some phrase, or sentence, or verse, how it appears in one account in one of the books, and in another in one of the others, I have thought the reader could weigh the si ificance of that fact as well as though I had in each case tried to s ow °ust what it meant. These passages can have but one general signification, and that is that the Gospels are but collections of accounts of unknown origin and uncertain authenticity put forward as true history by men who knew nothing of Jesus.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Edward Douglas Davis
Published Date - August 23 2019
ISBN - 9780331776805
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.2 cm
Page Count - 168
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