Letter: Could Jesus read?

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The Independent Culture
Sir: James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool, states that Jesus could read and write ("Let's turn the other cheek", 2 November). How does he know? In The Five Gospels (1993), a new translation and commentary by Robert Funk, Roy Hoover and the Jesus Seminar, it is stated that "Jesus wrote nothing, so far as we know. We do not know for certain that Jesus could write; we are not even positive that he could read, in spite of suggestions in the gospels that he could."


Grindleford, Derbyshire