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Oral Tradition
Before the Gospels everything was from word of mouth: Sitz im Leben 1
Reasons people didn't write:
Nobody wrote anything in order to avoid persecution
Most people were illiterate and didn't have writing utensils.
Most thought that the Parousia would occur soon.…read more

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Useful for spreading Christianity
Matthew and John both use Testimonia but different ones
Pericope: Individual Units: `pearls on a chain': Schmidt
Why Were the Gospels Eventually Written?
To keep events in order
To stop Jesus' story from being changed
To show future generations
Luke: to give clarity
Believers needed guidance in worship and prayer
To convert people: Show the Messiah
Apologetic: Defend the faith…read more


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