Scholars are in agreement that the books of the New Testament called by the names Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John were not written by contemporaries of Jesus, as most of us were taught in Bible classes, but were instead composed decades after Christ’s death by later members of the church, probably gentiles, who were learned men in places such as Rome or Greece. The four books of the Bible just mentioned were the first written records of the oral stories about Jesus that had floated around for decades, being repeated from one person to another, creating legends that changed with each telling. Like any story repeated over and over by many different people, the incidents in the life of Jesus became confused and contradictory. The current version of the Bible disagrees on many of the details of events common to more than one of the books in which they’re described. For example the details of Christ’s birth vary from book to book, as do those of his death. Where they contradict each other—what happened at Jesus’s tomb, for example—one of these versions must be wrong, but no one seems to care much about that.
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