When you’re telling the story, do just that. If something helps move the story forward, it’s important. If it doesn’t. It isn’t.

If there are many of the same things, and each moves the story forward, then it isn’t necessary to tell all of the same things that move the story forward. 

Is editing out similar parts of the story that don’t, when added to the existing story, help the story move forward, the same as cheating the one who hears or reads the story out of something important?

I wonder what the writer of John edited out of this account of the life of Jesus. What wasn’t written? How would it affect the way anyone then or anyone today understands the story?

What’s frustrating about not knowing? What’s good about it?

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