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by DCHindley
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How could Paul afford his extensive travels?
Replies: 24
Views: 472

Re: How could Paul afford his extensive travels?

Good point. Of course, we don't know how much Lucian exaggerated. We still have some that do the same thing today. When I was in my junior year at college (1976/77), a small liberal arts college operated by the United Brethren Church, there was this buzz going around about a church in Fort Wayne In...
by DCHindley
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How could Paul afford his extensive travels?
Replies: 24
Views: 472

Re: How could Paul afford his extensive travels?

Travel by ship was probably more expensive than travel by foot. Although traveling by land was slower it perhaps had the advantage of allowing someone to gain income along the way via donations/work. The following chart attempts to calculate the cost of travel via ship and although it is expensive,...
by DCHindley
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: the Father, the Son, Christology, & the Church in the Tripartite Tractate
Replies: 5
Views: 168

Re: the Father, the Son, Christology, & the Church in the Tripartite Tractate

I think disillusionment is likely to have been matched by members of the Jewish diaspora meeting and living among members of non-Jewish cults. Quite. That is where Birger Pearson finds the origins of the "Sethian" Gnostics. These totally rejected their national God as a petty, jealous, ignorant pre...
by DCHindley
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Fictional Jesus Synthesis
Replies: 115
Views: 5210

Re: Fictional Jesus Synthesis

It is clearly stated that little is known of both the book of Acts and the author and they are not aware a book called Acts exist. The existing evidence show that Acts of the Apostles was most likely a very late writing, no earlier than the late 2nd century, which suggest the author was not a conte...
by DCHindley
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: the Father, the Son, Christology, & the Church in the Tripartite Tractate
Replies: 5
Views: 168

Re: the Father, the Son, Christology, & the Church in the Tripartite Tractate

I think disillusionment is likely to have been matched by members of the Jewish diaspora meeting and living among members of non-Jewish cults. Quite. That is where Birger Pearson finds the origins of the "Sethian" Gnostics. These totally rejected their national God as a petty, jealous, ignorant pre...
by DCHindley
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How could Paul afford his extensive travels?
Replies: 24
Views: 472

Re: How could Paul afford his extensive travels?

Perhaps a more difficult question is how did Paul have time to allegedly travel extensively from one end of the Roman empire to the other (Perhaps even to Spain). The late Jerome-Murphy O-Conner attempts to provide a time frame how Paul's journey was possible. https://books.google.com/books?id=aDba...
by DCHindley
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How could Paul afford his extensive travels?
Replies: 24
Views: 472

Re: How could Paul afford his extensive travels?

Now, just for the sake of heuristic investigation, let's assume that Acts was correct, and Paul was a "tentmaker." Basically, he fabricated products from canvas, so besides "tents" this probably included canvas awnings, privacy screens, and maybe even sails for ships. Keep in mind that he was a con...
by DCHindley
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How could Paul afford his extensive travels?
Replies: 24
Views: 472

Re: How could Paul afford his extensive travels?

I say our 'Paul' was an invented personality. There might have been an apostle of Christianity. He might have written letters like the ones we have now (only shorter). But - as Tertullian implies - the biographical details that emerge from our collection wasn't there in the original. He was a compl...
by DCHindley
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: the Father, the Son, Christology, & the Church in the Tripartite Tractate
Replies: 5
Views: 168

Re: the Father, the Son, Christology, & the Church in the Tripartite Tractate

the Tripartite Tractate is an untitled treatise of Valentinian theology (I think one Gnostic scholar says Valentinianism is not typically Gnostic ... ... What strikes me from the description about and text from the Tripartite Tractate is that much of can be seen as 'proto'-Christian theology. That ...
by DCHindley
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How could Paul afford his extensive travels?
Replies: 24
Views: 472

How could Paul afford his extensive travels?

I have previously speculated that Paul was a client to he household of a wealthy Herodian patron, and may have had more than one patron of this kind. Now, just for the sake of heuristic investigation, let's assume that Acts was correct, and Paul was a "tentmaker." Basically, he fabricated products f...