Most Gospel Jesus-biography have a pre-history of being orally recited and passed down.
• Gospels regularly used sources.
• Gospel Jesus-teachings were crafted to aid recall.
• E.g. Gospels were to be read aloud to audience (Mk was).
• The gospels circulated well.
• Shares pericopes with no literary pre-history.
• Christians were in an oral culture.
• Gospels contain internal features symptomatic of an oral pre-history.
• Jesus-bio was not invented.
• Jesus trained the apostles for it.
• Gospel traditions are early.
• In general, Christians passed down Jesus-bio.
Rather than inventing Jesus-biography, the authors of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—as editors/redactors—were honest in writing their Gospel reports.
• The Gospels are Greco-Roman histories.
• Gospel claims are all inherited/sourced. • Gospel authors strove to know true Jesus-bio.
• In general, Gospel traditions aren’t lies/legends.
The Gospel stories are often quite “dissimilar” to the AD 31-90 church; i.e. they display behavior and language which was discontinuous with post-Jesus beliefs, expectations, styles, preferred vocabulary, background, understanding, natural authorial intent, and so forth.
• Speakers in Gospels think-talk as pre-Christians.
• Gospel stories spew church-hated content.
• Gospel Jesus-sayings repeat consistent quirks.
We discern an Aramaic original behind the recorded-in-Greek teachings of Jesus in the Gospels.
• Gospel Jesus-sayings include Aramaic puns translated into Greek.
• Mk 1:41’s “being angry” super-retroverts to Aramaic (“be deeply moved”).
• Mk 2:23’s “making a path” super-retroverts to Aramaic (“going along a path”).
• Powerful parallelism etc. comes out when translated to Aramaic.
[Brackets] mean "forthcoming."