When you’re reading Jesus’ messages in the Gospels, you may wonder…Was he quoted word for word?
In this podcast episode hosted by Cale Clarke on “The Faith Explained,” he delves into the authentication of Jesus’ words in the Gospels. Father Arturo Sosa, the head of the Jesuit order, raised doubts about the trustworthiness of the Gospels and Jesus’ teachings, particularly on divorce. He emphasized the lack of recording devices during Jesus’ time and the need to contextualize his words.
Cale Clarke points out that while there were no recording devices, it doesn’t mean we can’t know what Jesus actually said. He draws an analogy to the old Memorex cassette tape ads, asking whether Jesus’ teachings were “live” (the living words of Jesus) or “Memorex” (recorded word for word). Clarke emphasizes that the Gospels were originally written in Greek and then translated into various languages, including English. He also highlights that Aramaic was the language Jesus likely used when teaching and preaching, introducing the concept of Ipsissima Verba (the actual words of Jesus) versus Ipsissima Vox (the actual voice of Jesus).
You can check out the whole podcast here!