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by robert j
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Trees, crosses, and outstretched hands.
Replies: 102
Views: 63073

Re: Trees, crosses, and outstretched hands.

For the cut-and-paste translation of the 1st C. BCE Greek story by Diodorus Siculus that you cited about the legendary, very ancient Assyrian queen Semiramis --- Do you believe that the translation of σταυρῷ as the specialized “cross”, rather than the more general “stake”, introduces a hard to just...
by robert j
Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Trees, crosses, and outstretched hands.
Replies: 102
Views: 63073

Re: Trees, crosses, and outstretched hands.

Ben, Thanks for the explanation. I do have one last question here. Diodorus Siculus, Library of History 2.18.1 (English translation slightly modified from that of C. H. Oldfather): 1 When he had made all his preparations for the war he despatched messengers to Semiramis, who was already on the road,...
by robert j
Thu Nov 12, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Trees, crosses, and outstretched hands.
Replies: 102
Views: 63073

Re: Trees, crosses, and outstretched hands.

But I think the 4 examples you have cited here can be seen as misleading in this context because none of those citations describe punishments conducted by the Romans. And as you acknowledge there is no reason to assume the instruments used in those citations were cross-shaped, and that "A straight ...
by robert j
Thu Nov 12, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Trees, crosses, and outstretched hands.
Replies: 102
Views: 63073

Re: Trees, crosses, and outstretched hands.

Fortunately, for our purposes, crucifying people (σταυρόω in Greek, cruci figo in Latin) on a cross (σταυρός in Greek, crux in Latin) as a lethal form of punishment (and also as a form of displaying the victim after death by other means) long, long predates the Christianity of Barnabas, and the use...
by robert j
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Trees, crosses, and outstretched hands.
Replies: 102
Views: 63073

Re: Trees, crosses, and outstretched hands.

Fortunately, for our purposes, crucifying people (σταυρόω in Greek, cruci figo in Latin) on a cross (σταυρός in Greek, crux in Latin) as a lethal form of punishment (and also as a form of displaying the victim after death by other means) long, long predates the Christianity of Barnabas, and the use...
by robert j
Thu Nov 05, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Speaking in Tongues and Angels from Africa --- Paul and Paula
Replies: 6
Views: 3885

Speaking in Tongues and Angels from Africa --- Paul and Paula

What did Paul mean when he wrote to the Corinthians about speaking in tongues? Trump’s White House spiritual advisor --- or as some might see as a televangelist grifter --- Paula White provides a current example. Amidst rants for a Trump victory and reinforcements of angels coming from Africa and So...
by robert j
Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul Had Tattoos
Replies: 24
Views: 11827

Re: Paul Had Tattoos

... Paul employed some legalisms in his letters, terms typically used in legal documents ... Now the One having prepared us for this very purpose is God, having given to us the pledge (ἀρραβῶνα) of the Spirit . (2 Corinthians 5:5) ἀρραβῶνα : This Greek term is of Hebrew/Semitic origin, perhaps orig...
by robert j
Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul Had Tattoos
Replies: 24
Views: 11827

Re: Paul Had Tattoos

If you have the time, I would be very interested in what the legal terms you mentioned are. ... Paul employed some legalisms in his letters, terms typically used in legal documents ... Lane, Since I used a question from you to introduce my post, I can certainly take the time to provide an example b...
by robert j
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul Had Tattoos
Replies: 24
Views: 11827

Re: Paul Had Tattoos

With a short window of available time and an itch to scratch, I’ll weigh in here --- Any thoughts on what exactly Paul's tattoos of Jesus might have been? Perhaps in similar fashion to Roger Stone, Paul had a tattoo of Jesus’ face on his back --- Q22XL-I1w9U Of course that suggestion is ridiculous. ...
by robert j
Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Jesus from Outer Space
Replies: 252
Views: 78242

Re: Jesus from Outer Space

This post consists of criticism of Wells; along with support of the theory of a spiritual, heavenly Jesus Christ that came to earth at some time in the unspecified past in the form of a man to suffer a redemptive and salvific death on behalf of humankind, as found by Paul with his creative and gene...