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I keep seeing variations of the same quote. Something like "Christ didn't leave a book when he ascended into heaven" followed by either "he left a meal" or "he left his apostles".
I've seen the argument (in either one of the iterations) employed by Roman Catholics, Orthodox, Protestants, and even Mormons--but where is it from. Surely each of these people have heard it somewhere since it's just way too coincidental on its phrasing, but the question is where is it originally from?
So (1) where have you seen it that you use it and (2) do you know where is the earliest usage of this argument?
I put this into Church History just because it has some history on the interwebs.
It has no "source" that I know of...
It's part of tradition...or maybe "oral" tradition.... ;-)
It's pretty common amongst RCs-finishing with "he left the church". But there is also the variation "he never wrote a book". That's going to take you back a lot farther. There is a poem/essay called "One Solitary Life"-it is likely the source. For some time the author was unkown but is often attributed to James A Francis, a Baptist minister, in the mid to late 20s (he died in 1928). There does appear to be a trail back to him for the work. It's definitely being quoted in the mid-50s, but exploded in the 70s.
I wonder how many different ways there are to say that, "Jesus did not write a book"....??? :-)