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This is an odd thing to say. The authorship of the books of the bible has been bitterly disputed for centuries, precisely because everybody cares. The four canonical gospels were chosen because they were either authored by eyewitnesses or by those who knew the eyewitnesses and wrote down their story. The other gospels were rejected because they were written too late to be eyewitness accounts. The gospel of Mark is canonical because it purports to record Peter's story.


The Gospel authors weren't identified until the second century, and the canonical Gospels were accepted based on whether or not they agreed with the oral tradition of the institutional church. Have you read anything by Bart Ehrman, Marcus Borg, Elaine Pagels, etc? It was my uncertainty as to whether the New Testament accurately reflects the life and teachings of Jesus that led me to the Urantia Book in the first place.


I've read pretty much everything by those people. I take it that you are aware that they represent an extreme minority view in biblical scholarship. That the authorship of the gospels was part of the oral tradition doesn't indicate that the tradition was false.

The book of Acts was almost certainly written before the fall of the temple and before the death of Paul, since it fails to mention either. Since Paul is a key figure in Acts, it would be very odd to describe the death of Stephen but not Paul. That puts Acts in around 66 or earlier. Acts mentions the gospel of Luke as already written, and Luke is clearly aware of Matthew and Mark and tries to give an "orderly account" of things. There was not yet any "institutional church" to speak of. If the authorship of Matthew and Mark were in doubt, there would be little reason for Luke to use them.

N.T. Wright explains all this in painstaking detail.

The fact that the gospel authors weren't named in writing until the early 2nd century doesn't mean that they weren't identified.

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@Ubizmo is there anything in the urantia book that you find profoundly intelligent that may possibly appear to have been written by someone superhuman? Have you ever reflected on some passage and thought wow there is a chance someone smarter than a human wrote this?

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ubizmo wrote:
I take it that you are aware that they represent an extreme minority view in biblical scholarship.


That's actually not true. Most Biblical scholars would agree that the New Testament Gospels were essentially anonymous and that oral tradition is the main source of information we have on their authorship. N.T. Wright just happens to place more trust in the early church tradition in naming their authors than others would.

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