We’ve talked before about something that seems important beyond words.
Together with the New Testament Acts of the Apostles, the letters of Paul, Peter, James, and John refer often to Jesus but hardly ever quote him. The four Gospels do. But after his ascension to the Father, actual quotes of Jesus are few and far between in the rest of the New Testament—even though he had challenged his disciples to make followers of all nations by teaching others to do all he had urged them to do.
In other words, after the coming of Jesus’ Spirit — Paul, Peter, James, and John wrote in his name, without quoting him.
I don’t think we should assume that all of the communities that circulated the apostles’ letters
already had a written copy of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.
Seems like it might be important to think, once again, about why— the Gospels quote Jesus— while the rest of the New Testament focuses on the implications of Jesus’ life, suffering, death, resurrection, the Spirit he sent, and the attitudes and actions by which his followers are known.
Centuries passed before anyone— let alone everyone— had Bible’s like our own.
Don’t know whether you’ve seen the television commercial for dishwasher detergent where a cute little girl says with a puzzled look on her face, “My mother washes the dishes before she puts them in the dishwasher…… So what does the dishwasher do?