I’m reading a book, Evolution of the Word, by liberal preacher, Marcus J. Borg. At the same time, I check out blogs of Author/Professor Bart Ehrman, an atheist/agnostic Bible scholar. I try to figure out where they went in two different directions.
I mentioned yesterday they do not give the same level of credibility to those who “saw Jesus” after he popped up from being dead. Preacher Borg says people saw a spiritual version of Jesus, not a corpse come to life. Professor Ehrman says probably no one saw anything.
Then, there is the view of what Paul was thinking. One would think two people who have spent their lives reading, discussing with other scholars and writing about Paul would agree on the basics of what Paul was thinking. Not the case.
Preacher Borg is absolutely certain Paul thought the resurrected Jesus was a spiritual being, not a reconstituted human. He cites Paul’s writing about the differences between the before and after versions of dead humans.
Professor Ehrman has studied Paul for years as well. There can be no doubt, he says, Paul thought the after death Jesus was fully human.
I’m a rank amateur in this, but a few things I do understand. No one who wrote the Bible ever saw Paul’s original writing. It had been recopied many times.
Recopies of stuff written back then have been compared to their sources. The material changed.
Understanding what Paul supposedly wrote and what he was thinking is a crap shoot.
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