Synoptic Sayings from All Holy Writings
Wikipedia rejects Synoptic Scripture
Reflections on publishing old concepts in new skins
To attempt to open the dialogue about the shared scripture by the three faiths within Wikipedia, I started an entry. It seemed like an encyclopedic task. It seemed that many people could readily and easily participate and we would attempt to be scholars in front of the world.
That Wikipedia entry was deleted. First, a seemingly-nice Wiki editor immediately moved the text under the "synoptic gospels" of the Christian faith. Then a second-tier of experts said, "Delete it. It is original research; it is not encyclopedic." The text was deleted.
Here is what was said:
"Though there has been very little public discussion about this kind of synoptic scripture, the need for such an awareness is painfully self-evident. In these times, the need to find common between the Christians, Jews and Muslims might be discovered within those shared scriptures, especially if there is a verse-by-verse analysis of that scripture within the public square. Here we might find the core problems and also begin to find a common ground for dialogue. These kind of synoptic scripture will lift that text to a higher standard for study and interpretation.
As of today, I am going to see if one of the world's best scholars will do it.
What writings are shared by most religions?
Let us find out what these are. Let us analyze them:
Islamic terrorists and their "thought leaders" have often been quoted saying that they will not rest until Islam rules the world.
We all have learned a little about the most visible Islamic terrorists and warriors, perhaps mostly about Osma Bin Laden and people like Ahmadinejad. Yet, to get a grasp of their deepest understanding of their way of life under their Qur'an, we have to turn to their Islamic scholars -- clerics with such names as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Ayatollah Mohammad Emami-Kashani in Iran, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani in Iraq, and Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi who is in a Jordanian prison. Links go to Wikipedia references.
We all should scrutinize the writings -- the logic and concepts -- that they use to guide their thinking. Their elitism can no longer continue to go unchallenged by the public, by moderate Muslims, and by learned scholars. Let us all see in what ways they are right and where they are wrong or incomplete or misguided. They are each human. Each sleeps at night and all will die within 120 years of their birth.
Among so many issues, it is important to look at a new synopsis between the Hebrew Torah and Bible, the Christian Bible and the Muslim Qur’an. What passages of scripture do the three books have in common? There are many synoptic books but to my knowledge there is no synopsis between the sacred texts that are at the foundations of Islam, Christianity and Judaism. For example, it would be good to see the best scholarly work to understand and interpret the story of Cain who killed his brother, Abel (Hebrew/Christian Bible, Genesis 4 and Qur’an at 5:27-32).
The idea of Synoptic Scriptures, some believe, originated in around 1776 within the work of the German biblical scholar, Johann Jakob Griesbach. His compilation and comparison (textual criticism) was of common passages found in the first three Gospels - Matthew, Mark and Luke - of the Christian New Testament. These passages are considered special.
So it was early in September 2006, to help understand the historic relation between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity,Bruce Camber went looking for a synoptic book based on the Judaic, Christian, and Islamic scriptures.
Is it a good working title?
The book about the synoptic scriptures could inspire people to begin to stand up against limited interpretations of scripture.Such a book could embolden people to begin understanding of the universals and how they are expressed within the sciences and throughout all religions.
They were not sufficiently impressed to take it on themselves but might entertain publishing the piece if it were given to them turnkey.