In the years immediately following Christ's execution, there were more than a few political and religious problems in and about Jerusalem and
Palestine and Judea. And then that messy Maccabean Revolt,
...not to mention a pretty heavy backlash by the Pharisees and Sadducees... as demonstrated by Pauls profession before his conversion and becoming
Paul. Which was to hunt down, persecute, prosecute, and kill Christians.
And considering that a goodly amount of the new converts to Chritianity were from the low ends of society... they were probably also illiterate.
Not an enviroment condusive to written records and the exploits of a persecuted new fangled religion. It took a little time for the faith to get some
Too often we tend to look at history through a contemporary or current paradigm instead of the more accurate and genuine window of the people that
actually lived at that time... that alone distorts our interpretation and understanding.
Why didn't anyone write about Christ immeditely after His crucifiction?
Probably for some of the same reasons the US didn't have a US Constitution until almost 20 years after we won our independence.
Maybe for the some of the same reasons most books about the US Civil War didn't appear until about 20 or so years after the war was over. Same for the
bulk of the memorials and monuments to the fallen.
I speculate that there was a genuine lack of comprehension as to the great impact that Jesus actually had.
Further, there was a lack of communication and written word, and that there may have been written records that were destroyed by the Jewish religious
and political powers in the ensuing persecution.
The growth of this movement and the predominant figure...Jesus.. would have purposely been hidden by the Jewish authorities to keep Rome and it's
governor off the back of Herod and the Jewish councils.
And if recorded, what would a persecuted and fledgling religion and it's followers have written on? ...skins...stone walls in hidden grottos and
caves? We have them... they exist, but because the dates can not be pin point to within a year but more in terms of decades, centuries, or periods..
then we tend to exclude them.
There were no printing presses, no religious freedoms to keep records, no internet, no down loads or discs or CDs or DVDs or cell phone cameras. Even
today... on this very sight... we have plentiful video of the 9/11 event... yet we have those that dispute it or say it didn't happen.
What should we expect from a poor drawing or glyphs on a stone wall in some hidden grotto in Palestine?
edit on 24-6-2012 by AlreadyGone