Scholars use a lot of (I think wasted) energy trying to find out what Jesus said, believing that you have to guess at this, since no one knows if Jesus said things reported of him in our Bibles, or whether the later church put words back in his mouth! You can imagine how devastating this technique is to the comfort and instruction which many of us seek in Scripture and the precious words of Jesus, the Master teacher.
The “scholarly” technique has worked its mischief in key passages. Thus in Mark 12:29 where Jesus defined the true God with crystal clarity as “One LORD” (not three Lords) the otherwise very valuable Word Biblical Commentary says: “A scribe is impressed with Jesus’ ability and so asks him which commandment is the first of all” (so far so good!). Then the commentator makes this extraordinary observation about
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Author: Anthony Buzzard
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Bible reference(s): Deut. 6:4, Mark 12:29, Mark 12:32, 1 Cor. 8:4-6, 1 Tim. 2:5
Source: “Cause for Alarm!,” Focus on the Kingdom, Vol. 15, No. 4, January, 2013.
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