Thursday, 22 January 2015

Reza Aslan on Gospel Writers, Luke and Matthew

Professor Reza Aslan believes Gospel writers, Matthew and Luke, were making up narratives about Jesus in order to fit what they believed to be prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures about the Messiah.

Matthew has Jesus flee to Egypt to escape Herod's massacre not because it happened, but because it fulfills the words of the prophet Hosea: "Out of Egypt I have called my son" (Hosea 11:1).

Luke places Jesus's birth in Bethlehem not because it took place there, but because of the words of the prophet Micah: "And you Bethlehem...from you shall come to me a ruler in Israel" (Micah 5:2).
Zealot, The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, Reza Aslan, The Westbourne Press p32-33

Using the New Testament as an inerrant record and a wholly faithful transmission of Jesus's teachings and his life is not an approach I would encourage. I believe we must look to Islam to understand Jesus (p) and his teachings fully.

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