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Christian Scholars Recognize Contradictions in the Bible (part 3 of 7): Alleged authors of the New Testament

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Description: Evidence of contradictions found by Christian Scholars from the narrations of the alleged authors of the New Testament.

  • By Misha’al ibn Abdullah (taken from the Book: What Did Jesus Really Say?)
  • Published on 16 Jul 2007
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We will note that every Gospel begins with the introduction “According to.....” such as “The Gospel according to Saint Matthew,” “The Gospel according to Saint Luke,” “The Gospel according to Saint Mark,” “The Gospel according to Saint John.”  The obvious conclusion for the average man on the street is that these people are known to be the authors of the books attributed to them.  This, however is not the case.  Why? Because not one of the vaunted four thousand copies existent carries it’s author’s signature.  It has just been assumed that they were the authors.  Recent discoveries, however, refute this belief.  Even the internal evidence proves that, for instance, Matthew did not write the Gospel attributed to him:

“...And as Jesus passed forth thence, HE (Jesus) saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and HE (Jesus) saith unto HIM (Matthew), follow ME (Jesus) and HE (Matthew) arose, and followed HIM (Jesus).” (Matthew 9:9)

It does not take a rocket scientist to see that neither Jesus nor Matthew wrote this verse of “Matthew.”  Such evidence can be found in many places throughout the New Testament.  Although many people have hypothesized that it is possible that an author sometimes may write in the third person, still, in light of the rest of the evidence that we shall see throughout this book, there is simply too much evidence against this hypothesis.

This observation is by no means limited to the New Testament.  There is even proof that at least parts of Deuteronomy were neither written by God nor by Moses.  This can be seen in Deuteronomy 34:5-10 where we read:

“So Moses....DIED... and he (God Almighty) BURIED HIM (Moses)... He was 120 years old WHEN HE DIED... and there arose not a prophet SINCE in Israel like unto Moses....”

Did Moses write his own obituary? Joshua also speaks in detail about his own death in Joshua 24:29-33.  The evidence overwhelmingly supports the current recognition that most of the books of the Bible were not written by their supposed authors.

The authors of the RSV by Collins say that the author of “Kings” is “Unknown.”  If they knew it to be the word of God they would have undoubtedly attributed it to him.  Rather, they have chosen to honestly say “Author... Unknown.”  But if the author is unknown then why attribute it to God? How can it then be claimed to have been “inspired”? Continuing, we read that the book of Isaiah is “Mainly credited to Isaiah.  Parts may have been written by others.”  Ecclesiastics: “Author.  Doubtful, but commonly assigned to Solomon.”  Ruth: “Author.  Not definitely known, perhaps Samuel,” and on and on.

Let us have a slightly more detailed look at only one book of the New Testament:

“The author of the Book of Hebrews is unknown.  Martin Luther suggested that Apollos was the author... Tertullian said that Hebrews was a letter of Barnabas... Adolf Harnack and J. Rendel Harris speculated that it was written by Priscilla (or Prisca).  William Ramsey suggested that it was done by Philip.  However, the traditional position is that the Apostle Paul wrote Hebrews... Eusebius believed that Paul wrote it, but Origen was not positive of Pauline authorship.”[1]

Is this how we define “inspired by God”?

As seen in chapter one, St. Paul and his church after him, were responsible of making wholesale changes to the religion of Jesus (pbuh) after his departure and were further responsible for mounting a massive campaign of death and torture of all Christians who refused to renounce the teachings of the apostles in favor of the Pauline doctrines.  All but the Gospels acceptable to the Pauline faith were then systematically destroyed or re-written.  Rev. Charles Anderson Scott has the following to say:

“It is highly probable that not one of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) was in existence in the form which we have it, prior to the death of Paul.  And were the documents to be taken in strict order of chronology, the Pauline Epistles would come before the synoptic Gospels.”[2]

This statement is further confirmed by Prof. Brandon: “The earliest Christian writings that have been preserved for us are the letters of the apostle Paul”[3]

In the latter part of the second century, Dionysius, Bishop of Corinth says:

“As the brethren desired me to write epistles (letters), I did so, and these the apostles of the devil have filled with tares (undesirable elements), exchanging some things and adding others, for whom there is a woe reserved.  It is not therefore, a matter of wonder if some have also attempted to adulterate the sacred writings of the Lord, since they have attempted the same in other works that are not to be compared with these.”

The Quran confirms this with the words:

“Then woe to those who write the book (of Allah/God) with their own hands and then say: ‘This is from Allah’, to traffic with it for a miserable price.  Woe to them for what their hands do write and for the gain they make thereby.” (Quran 2:79)



Footnotes:

[1] From the introduction to the King James Bible, New revised and updated sixth edition, the Hebrew/Greek Key Study, Red Letter Edition.

[2] History of Christianity in the Light of Modern Knowledge, Rev. Charles Anderson Scott, p.338

[3] “Religions in Ancient History,” S.G.F. Brandon, p. 228.

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