This quote offers a glimpse into the thinking of a Christian in the 1st. century soon after Christ's death. The disciples of Jesus were still alive, and just as any of us would want were we alive in that day and time... Papias preferred a word from a living disciple over the written word.
"We have received an interesting comment from Papias, who around a.d. 125 was bishop of the church in Hierapolis, which was a city near Laodicea and Colosse in Asia Minor. Reportedly he was a follower of the apostle John from whom he tried to learn as much as possible about the Lord.
He writes: If ever anyone came who had followed the presbyters, I inquired into the words of the presbyters, what Andrew or Peter or Philip or Thomas or James or John or Matthew, or any other of the Lord’s disciples, had said, and what Aristion and the presbyter John, the Lord’s disciples, were saying. For I did not suppose that information from books would help me so much as the word of a living and surviving voice."
At that time, these were the living voices of the disciples that spoke the living word about a risen and living savior, Jesus Christ.
 Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953-2001). Vol. 14: Exposition of James and the Epistles of John. New Testament Commentary (239). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.
Published on Friday, August 14, 2015 @ 4:29 AM CDT