Haha, that is a fancy term used by scholars.
I am studying a long complicated book about Q, one of the sources of the New Testament Gospels. Mathew and Luke are derived from Mark and Q. Q and Mark are separate. I\’m up to page 94 of the analysis and maybe only 1/10th through the book.
I had to stop and ponder. About 8 years ago, when I last did serious scripture study, I had to decide that only about 20% of the Gospels have any source in Jesus; the rest being the agenda of the male priestly portion of humanity. This morning, I am again amazed about the volume of arguments from numerous scholars; and how impossible it is to discern what Jesus actually said and did or who he was.
More startling is that reading the analysis, I realized that mankind is based on some common suppositions (my synopsis):
- Mankind believes in God.
- Mankind believes it is bad/ sinful.
- Mankind believes in a Messiah/ Savior.