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27 Jan

The New Testament

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I have very much questioned, not so much the method, but rather the purpose behind the selection of texts that make up the essential book of Christianity: The New Testament. Many versions of such a decision and event, from the beautiful allegory of the Holy Spirit as a dove perched on the texts to the gross and prosaic texts thrown on a table, is evident in all the “absence” of intention or action of the Fathers of the Church in such selection, being the final judge a manifestation of divine power or the sheer chance, the decision was made and was enshrined for posterity, without possibility of review or discussion … At this point it is important to note the enormous loss of content that has meant the choice of texts that comprise the New Testament. At the time of selection there was no way humanly possible to validate the content of any of them or to contrast this content with the reality of what they related at all “wills” (Testament as speaking “Witness” rather than as a legacy) were equal for approval and inclusion in the Bible. Although many of the “rejected” were written by eyewitnesses to the events narrated in any case by people who lived in times and places closest to the events narrated were privileged but in the final selection, four written texts ( at least 70 years after the crucifixion the nearest) by authors who wrote the story of “hearsay” through the testimony of others not identified.

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