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The acts of Jesus: the search for the authentic deeds of Jesus

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Chapter OneTHE FIRST STORYTELLERSThe followers of Jesus no doubt began to repeat his witticisms and parables during his lifetime. They soon began to recount stories about him, perhaps about his encounters with critics or about his amazing way with the sick and demon-possessed. As time went by, the words were gathered into compounds and clusters suggested by common themes or by catchwords to make them easier to remember and quote. His parables were retold and adapted to new audiences with each performance. The stories were likewise repeated by individual storytellers, who retold them in their own words, sometimes adding or omitting details as imagination or memory dictated. The gospel tradition was a living, breathing body of lore whose outside dimensions continued to grow.Since the gospels consist of individual tales that were formed and circulated within this highly fluid body of lore, scholars find it necessary to analyze the structure of the simple anecdote.A story or anecdote is the verbalrepresentation of an event. To tell a story the narrator must bring two or more persons together in the same time and space and allow something to happen. That something is an event. In the gospels, the report of an event nearly always involves Jesus as the central character, although some anecdotes feature John the Baptist, Simon Peter, or Judas.Storytellers sometimes report events on their own authority: they insert themselves between the event and the listener as thoug
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subject_facet Bible -- N.T. -- Gospels -- Criticism, interpretation, etc, Jesus Christ -- Biography -- History and criticism, Jesus Christ -- Historicity, Jesus Seminar
title_display The acts of Jesus : the search for the authentic deeds of Jesus
title_full The acts of Jesus : the search for the authentic deeds of Jesus / [edited by] Robert W. Funk ; and the Jesus Seminar
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title_sub the search for the authentic deeds of Jesus
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