Monday, December 11, 2006

J.B.Phillips on the character of the Gospels

Page 334 of Desiring God has this awesome footnote:

After translating the Gospels into "racy modern English," J.B. Phillips wrote the following in The Ring of Truth (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1967), 57-8:

I felt, and feel, without any shadow of doubt that close contact with the text of the Gospels builds up in the heart and mind a character of awe-inspiring stature and quality. I have read, in Greek and Latin, scores of myths but I did not find the slightest favor of myth here. There is no hysteria, no careful working for effect and no attempt at collusion. These are not embroidered tales: the material is cut to the bone. One sensed again and again that understatement which we have been taught to think is more "British" than Oriental. There is almost childlike candor and simplicity, and the total effect is tremendous. No man could ever have invented such a character as Jesus. No man could have set down such artless and vulnerable accounts as these unless some real Event lay
behind them.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jason,

In the sense of equal time (I do not endorse this viewpoint) here is an opposing viewpoint that is crafted with logic and some liberal bible scholarship. It is quite provacative and left me with some questions but I leave my knowledge of Christ as a matter of faith primarly not science.

From the Internet Infidels...

http://www.infidels.org/library/historical/marshall_gauvin/did_jesus_really_live.html

Read this with a box (soapbox?) of salt.

May the Lord continue to bless you,

John Flores
Frisco, Texas

Jason Woolever said...

ha ha thanks for the link John.