ApostateAbe;7477723 wrote:... MrMacson seemed to think it illogical to make sense of texts without placing trust in them ... Part of making sense of texts is estimating who wrote them.
Verifying who wrote them, and determining in what context they were written, is important.[/QUOTE]
Even if we do not know who wrote any of the books of the Canon their contents can be examined.
The earliest story of Jesus is fundamentally fiction when its content is examined.
gMark is predominantly a book of the miracles of the supposed Jesus and they are all non-historical events which could not have happened.
Essentially, the acts of Jesus are not only fictional but implausible.
The Jesus in gMark is not only a figure of fiction but a figure of implausibility.
1.Mark 1.23-- The healing of the possessed man--implausible fiction
2. Mark 1.29--the healing of Peter's mother in law --implausible fiction
3. Mark 1.40--the healing of the leper--implausible fiction
4. Mark 2.1--the healing of the paralytic--implausible fiction
5. Mark 3.1--the healing on man with withered hand--implausible fiction
6. Mark--4.35--the calming of the stormy sea --implausible fiction
7. Mark 5.1-the cure of the demoniac --implausible fiction
8. Mark 5.25--the healing of woman --implausible fiction
9. Mark 5.35--the raising of the dead--implausible fiction
10. Mark 6.34--feeding the 5000--implausible fiction
11. Mark 6.48--walking on water--implausible fiction
12. Mark 6.53--the healings by touch of garment--implausible fiction
13. Mark 7.24--the healing of woman's daughter--implausible fiction
14. Mark 7.31--healing of deaf mute--implausible fiction
15. Mark 8.1--feeding the 4000--implausible fiction
16. Mark 8.22--healing of blind--implausible fiction
17. Mark 9.2--the Transfiguration of Jesus--implausible fiction
18. Mark 9.14-- healing the dumb--implausible fiction
19. Mark 10.46--healing of blind--implausible fiction
20. Mark 16.6--the resurrection of Jesus--implausible fiction
From the start to the end of gMark the Jesus character is a figure of implausible fiction.
gMark's implausible fiction character is the earliest known Jesus in the Canon and was used by the authors of gMatthew and gLuke when they both PUBLICLY declared that the implausible fiction character was born of a Ghost.
There are no eyewitness accounts of Jesus in or out the Canon except when he was a Ghost [after the resurrection] in the Pauline Corpus.
Paul admitted he saw Jesus LAST after he was raised from the dead. 1 Cor.15.8