Bill Heroman has been posting on the possibility of Matthew having taken notes about things that Jesus said and did during his public ministry. Since I’ve been thinking quite a bit about orality and the Jesus tradition, I joined in the conversation. The subject of how common it was for notes to be taken by individuals in various circumstances (e.g. serving in a royal court as scribe, becoming the disciple of a rabbi, philosopher or other teacher, and so on) is an important one, but I notice a lot of “possibly” and “could have” in the list. I know other readers of my blog are interested in these subjects, and so do take a look if you have a chance.
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