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Reference: Unwritten Sayings


The name Agrapha or 'Unwritten Sayings,' is applied to sayings ascribed to Jesus which are not found in the true text of the canonical Gospels. That some genuine sayings of the Lord not recorded by the Evangelists should linger in the oral tradition of the early Church is only what we should expect, but of the extant Agrapha it is only a small number that meet the tests of textual criticism, or satisfy the requirements of moral probability. It is significant of the value of the canonical Gospels as historical records that outside of them there are so few 'sayings of Jesus' that could possibly be accepted as conveying a veritable tradition of His actual words. The Unwritten Sayings may be classified as follows:

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