Indeed, in between Price's impressive translations of these texts, as well as in the footnotes, appear nuggets of material that help fill out the overall thesis of the work: To wit, the pre-Nicene New Testament essentially originated with Marcion, as was related in ancient times.This fact I also asserted in The Christ Conspiracy (1999), following the scholarship of other individuals over the centuries.D." we read in the commentaries this translation of the Bible contains, "there was, in any case, no account by which one might have recognised a collection of evangelic writings". Tricot writes (1960) in the commentary to his translation of the New Testament: "Very early on, from the beginning of the Second century A.D., it became a habit to say "Gospel' meaning the books that Saint Justin around 150 A. had also called "The Memoirs of the Apostles'." Unfortunately, assertions of this kind are sufficiently common for the public to have ideas on the date of the Gospels which are mistaken.
Neither of these passages, therefore, persuades many Johannine scholars that the author claims eyewitness status.Citing Vatican II's Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation ( Dei Verbum ), the Catechism has a very succinct presentation on the formation of the Gospels (cf. To answer this question we must first be clear on how the Gospels were formed and what constitutes authorship. The foundational premise is that Holy Mother Church has firmly and with absolute constancy maintained and continues to maintain, that the four Gospels [Matthew, Mark, Luke and John], whose historicity she unhesitatingly affirms, faithfully hand on what Jesus, the Son of God, while He lived among men, really did and taught for their eternal salvation until the day when He was taken up. 19)After the ascension of Jesus, the Apostles went forth preaching the Gospel, handing on to others what our Lord had done and taught.Citing Vatican II's Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum), the Catechism has a very succinct presentation on the formation of the Gospels (cf. Having been instructed by the Lord and then enlightened by the Holy Spirit, they preached with a fuller understanding.Eventually, the "sacred authors" wrote the four Gospels. We must keep in mind that in the ancient world, authorship was designated in several ways: First, the author was clearly the individual who actually wrote the text with his own pen.Each author, guided by the Holy Spirit, selected from the events and teachings of our Lord which perhaps they had witnessed or which had been handed on either orally or in written form. Second, the individual who dictated the text to a secretary or scribe was still considered the author. Throughout this Gospel, the numerous details indicate the author was an eyewitness. Whether the actual saint wrote word-for word, whether a student did some later editing, or whether a student actually wrote what had been taught by the saint, we must remember the texts — whole and entire — are inspired by the Holy Spirit.