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Why Didn't Jesus Write?
#1
Why Didn't Jesus Write?
I don't understand why Jesus didn't just write the information himself.
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RE: Why Didn't Jesus Write?
As noted elsewhere, reading and writing were taught separately in those days. While it is clear the Jesus character could read, there is absolutely nothing in scripture to indicate he could write.

In fact, the ability to write was the more rare of the 2 skills, and if Jesus could write he would have been a scribe, not a carpenter.

So, except for some fundies and evangelicals who will maintain Jesus could 'do anything', the reality is he could not write, and there is ZERO basis for asserting He could.

Period.
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RE: Why Didn't Jesus Write?
You can't mail letters to god like you can Santa.
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RE: Why Didn't Jesus Write?
Even in my era, grade school learnin' was summarized as the 3 'Rs', readin', ritin', and rithmetic.

Reading and writing, while taught at the same time to our children, are separate skills, and 'back in the day' being able to read was absolutely no guaranty that someone had the ability to write.

In Jesus time, men who could write (who would waste time teaching a girl to write?) made big bucks from their skills. Then as now, contracts and business needs were pressing, and being able to write stuff down was a prized ability.


BTW, Jesus probably wasn't a carpenter, the actual words translated to 'carpenter' from the old writings don't really mean 'carpenter'. The probable true occupation of Jesus was most likely just being someone who worked with his hands. Like moving stuff around, or a helper to someone with some actual skills, like plumbing, stone work, or even carpentry.

IIRC, the carpenter thing regarding Jesus is more likely a theological assertion being a parallel between working with wood as he worked with people. Also, there is the obvious tie between carpentry and being crucified on a wooden cross.

So Jesus couldn't write, and he probably wasn't a carpenter.

I suppose if one were to sincerely believe incorrectly either of those false assertions, it could be concluded that individual was not in fact worshipping or believing in The One True Jesus, and was or will be damned to eternal torment upon their death . . .
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RE: Why Didn't Jesus Write?
(December 13, 2016 at 11:16 am)Athena777 Wrote: I don't understand why Jesus didn't just write the information himself.

Stone tablets had become passe by then.
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RE: Why Didn't Jesus Write?
No peeing his name in the snow/sand?
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RE: Why Didn't Jesus Write?
@OP

Same reason Fred Flintstone never wrote.
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RE: Why Didn't Jesus Write?
(December 13, 2016 at 11:21 am)vorlon13 Wrote: As noted elsewhere, reading and writing were taught separately in those days.  While it is clear the Jesus character could read, there is absolutely nothing in scripture to indicate he could write.

In fact, the ability to write was the more rare of the 2 skills, and if Jesus could write he would have been a scribe, not a carpenter.

So, except for some fundies and evangelicals who will maintain Jesus could 'do anything', the reality is he could not write, and there is ZERO basis for asserting He could.

Period.

Well, there is the story related in John 8:1-11 in which Jesus writes something in the dirt. Of course, this could be nothing more than pious legend. It is odd that one able to write would not have put it to financial use. I suspect you're right, Vorlon.

@OP: In a culture in which relatively few could read, what purpose would Jesus' writing his message serve? To fail to reach the very people his ministry, as presented in the Gospels, was supposed to reach, i.e., the Galilean peasants?

Besides, one usually writes something momentous with a view to posterity. If the end is nigh and could come at any time like a thief in the night, then what's the point? There wasn't supposed to be a posterity. He got that wrong.
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RE: Why Didn't Jesus Write?
But relying on word of mouth for 50-200 years to propagate His message was unbelievably stooooopid.

There is no conceivable way what ANY Chritian schism believes is in fact the One True Jesus Inspired, Endorsed, Certified, and Approved Faith !

Hate giving credit to Mormon #1, Joseph Smith, but he was in fact correct in his assertion that all the other faiths were incorrect, and grievously incorrect. Now, that didn't stop old horny Joe from promulgating his own false religion, but he realized with the bar already being set so low, he needn't try very hard at all and he could still come up with another religion that was going to be commercially viable.
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RE: Why Didn't Jesus Write?
Can't write if you don't exist.
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