Quotes from former baseball player, Yogi Berra, are used often. A favorite is, “It ain’t over, till it’s over.”
Fortunately, Mr. Berra is still alive. Many phrases attributed to him he testifies he never said.
An article in the Dec. 7 Wall Street Journal discusses the misquoting of famous people. It discusses things allegedly said by, among others, Thomas Jefferson and Winston Churchill.
There are people with both great knowledge of and access to the writings and speeches of Jefferson. They find many phrases attributed to him do not appear in any Jefferson records. Apparently, he never said or wrote them.
Winston Churchill is another widely misquoted historical figure. He wrote volumes of work and gave many speeches. One would think there would be plenty of material to quote him on without the need to misquote.
With so much inaccuracy in quoting the words of relatively contemporary people, it is understandable why there would be skepticism of quotes from the Bible’s Jesus. We have no record of scribes writing down what he said nor records of who was present to remember.
Yet, words attributed to Jesus are believed by many to be actual quotes. Why would writers quote Jesus in some cases and simply make their own case in others?
It’s for the same reason incorrect quotes of Jefferson and Churchill are used. Scholars say both the actual and fabricated quotes are used when they help emphasize some point.
Jesus quotes served the same purpose for propaganda in the Bible.
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