This question is about the "The Great Commandment"
A bunch of knowledgeable Jewish men came to test Jesus: "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" (ESV)
Jesus answers them by quoting from a passage in Deuteronomy 6:4-9.
Matthew 22:37 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
Here Matthew the evangelist lists 3 ways that we should love:
Mark 12:30 "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."
Here Mark the evangelist list 4 ways that we should love:
Luke 10:27 And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself."
Here Luke the evangelist list 4 ways that we should love:
John the evangelist did not find it important enough to write about it at all.
I ask rhetorically how important should this passage have been for the evangelists (writers of the evangelium)? The interesting thing is that the scripture claims that the big man himself, through Moses, demanded that this passage should be super-important.
These words shall:
- be upon your heart
- teach them thoroughly to your children
- speak of them when sitting in your home
- walking on the road
- when you lie down
- when you rise
- bind them as a sign upon your hand
- they shall be as an ornament between your eyes
- write them upon the doorposts of your home and gates
In other words they were tremendously important. This would be core knowledge. Not only that. This text in Deuteronomy is the core of the 10 commandments. We see this in the same passage:
- God is One (Echad)
- He is our God (ie no other god)
Conveniently all authors left out "HEAR O Israel!"
This is what we should have loved according to God through Moses:
- heart (bechol Levavecha)
- soul (uvechol nafshecha)
- might (ubechol meodecha)
So, we can clearly see that none of them hits the mark.
Remembering that they all got this verse repeated daily from a very young age leaves me with a big question! How bad was the knowledge of the evangelists, and to what extent are their writings trustworthy?