is that it comes from a generation immersed in sources. Source criticism is a theory that studies at documents like the New Testament and trying to determine where those who wrote it or even Jesus himself got his initial information from. It assumes there aren’t really many new ideas in the history of humanity but that pretty much everything is borrowed and repackaged from various sources. The theory comes out of an era of human existence where sources are readily available. You can download just about anything you want in a couple of clicks.From the printing press to the internet we live at a time when we assume sources, borrowing and adapting is common practice because we have such a wealth of resources at our disposal.
We are immersed in sources. But were they? Was it possible for Jesus to have an original thought without him having to borrow the initial concept from someone and repackage it? Is it just chance that an idea like this comes out of a generation that is quite fond of taking someone else’s ideas and re-packaging them?
Now, the be fair there are times the Bible talks about sources or references other works. I am fine with that. But I am not so sure that every little thing that we can find some sort of close ancient parallel to means the biblical writers borrowed all or most of their information and just Christianized it.