Mysterious Features of the Gospels
The Gospels were featured by the following conditions mysteriouly:
1. They were not written in Jerusalem where many Apostles and eyewitnesses of real and live Christ Jesus established the first early Christian church after the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of Christ Jesus.
2. They were not written in Hebrew or Aramaic but written in Greek, the common language in the Roman Empire.
3. They were written about 30 years after the death of Christ Jesus.
4. Although the Analects of Confucius and the early Buddhist Scriptures had been written by direct followers of the holy men, the Gospels were written by those who did not see Christ Jesus directly.
5. No authentication was given to the Gospels by the Apostles or early Christian leaders.
So, these Gospels according to Mark, Luke, Mathew, and John were written outside the mainstream of the early Christianity whose main base was in Jerusalem. So, no Apostles, possibly except Peter, proved correctness of the contents of these Gospels. Especially, while Mark and Luke were written before the Jewish-Roman War (AD 66-73) or while the church in Jerusalem existed, none proved that the contents of these Gospels were correct. The authors might have collected witnesses from Apostles and eyewitnesses of real Christ Jesus, but there were no descriptions to assure authenticity of their contents in the Gospels. Who could assure correctness of their descriptions about Christ Jesus? Didn't they write them just based on their imaginations?
So, we may say that the Gospels were written by those who had never seen real and live Christ Jesus and who had no linkage to the Apostles, possibly except Peter, and the church in Jerusalem. It means that the contents of these Gospels might not be correct at all. However, these Gospels were accepted as holy books describing truth about Christ Jesus by Christians in the Roman Empire. And eventually, these Gospels were officially recognized as holy books of Christianity in the late 4th century. Why?
From the beginning, Christianity was preached to poor people who could not even read and write. Christ Jesus did not reportedly write any books. This tradition must have been observed by early Christian churches. So, for 30 years after the death of Christ Jesus, none tried to write Gospels. Even, Paul and Peter were not interested in writing Gospels.
And, anyone who would write a Gospel should have tried to get approval from the Apostles and the church in Jerusalem to be recognized as an authentic Gospel. But, it was unlikely that the Apostles and the church in Jerusalem would give approval. However, the Gospels according to Mark and Luke were apparently written before the Jewish-Roman War. Who could rather write Gospels that could not be authorized by the Apostles and the church in Jerusalem and claim that their contents were very correct?
Truth must have been that there were Paul and Peter behind Luke and Mark. And, Paul and Peter had compelling reasons to have Luke and Mark write the Gospels.
As time went by, the Apostles and the church in Jerusalem had gone through the Jewish-Roman War. But Christians in the Roman Empire remembered that Luke and Mark were close enough to Paul and Peter to take their Gospels as authentic, although they forgot why those Gospels were written. Accordingly, these Gospels became mysterious holy books of Christianity.
However, one thing clear is that these Gospels set the foundation of Christianity in the Roman Empire separated from Christianity of the Apostles and the church in Jerusalem. It is because Romans who could read Greek came to become new Christians as they read the Gospels. Christianity became the religion not only for the poor and slaves who could not read and write but also for middle-class or upper citizens of the Roman Empire.
And, my theory is that Mark and Luke were written for an imminent reason to save Paul and other Christians, even including Peter later, being persecuted by the Roman authority. Christians needed to explain who Christ Jesus was and what Christianity was to the Roman authority to avoid persecution. In this urgent situation, they could not observe the old tradition of Christianity or the principle set by the church in Jerusalem that no Gospels should be written.
But for this reason, the identities of the real authors of the Gospels were not introduced. And, it was not even mentioned that Paul and Peter were behind the creation of the Gospels. Because it was against the old tradition of Christianity or the principle set by the church in Jerusalem.
The point at issue might be why Paul and Peter did not explicitly authorize the Gospels while they were the very persons who allowed then to be written.
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Mar 2:28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.