The Bible: Extracting Truth from Lies, Embellishment, and Persuasion Stories

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It is known to most that the gospels often differ from historical facts due to the writer of each gospel putting significant emphasis on particular actions and attributes of Jesus. Also a major part in this difference is the fact that the gospels were written 35-60 years after the death of Jesus and some of these memories have altered over time. Differences in conflicting evidence, writing to different communities, writing during a different time period, and with different intentions are all more reasons as to why these gospels conflict with historical facts. There is said to be six accounts that are subdivided into two separate traditions. These two traditions are those having to do with the appearance of Jesus in Galilee and the others are the appearances of Jesus to the eleven disciples in Jerusalem. These two traditions seem to not have any knowledge of one another and when the two were attempted to be combined into one tradition it was proven that this is not only impossible but it is unbeneficial.

One factor that that all these accounts have in common is that Jesus appeared to his disciples after his death. This proves that Jesus has risen. There seems to be some patterns incorporated in these gospels including. One of these patterns is that Jesus’ followers were extremely discouraged, depressed, and disappointed after Jesus’ death thinking that he would have redeemed Israel for all of his followers, as stated in Luke and Johns gospel (Luke 24:21, John 20:19). Also, in John, Luke and Matthews gospels, it was shown that Jesus was always the one to initiate appearances and he was the one who came and stood in front of them, passing on his word to his followers. The term “Peace be with you” or another salutatio...

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...her time. Different technology, thoughts, ideas, skeptical remarks, opposing ideas, and many other things are present now that were not present back than that would definitely have some impact in changing the experience of the Risen Christ from than to now.

I find Lanes understanding of the disciples experience of the resurrection very helpful. There is no way to come up with your opinion fully without hearing all possible stories. When you hear many different stories, opinions, and facts it gives you more knowledge and insight about the subject where you can draw your own conclusion from that. Listening to these different ideas and opinions doesn’t mean you have to necessarily agree with it, the choice is left up to you to decipher truth from fabrication, lies, embellishment, persuasion stories, etc. Which is extremely relevant and difficult in this situation.

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