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by robert j
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Top suspects that could have invented the historical Jesus?
Replies: 127
Views: 33433

Re: Paul's Arabian Adventure

Just a comment from the peanut gallery. I’ve previously developed and posted the table at least a couple of times in other threads. It never ceases to amaze me the mental gymnastics that some scholars employ. Case in point [highlighting and underlining mine]--- ... McGuire looked at the internal evi...
by robert j
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Top suspects that could have invented the historical Jesus?
Replies: 127
Views: 33433

Re: Top suspects that could have invented the historical Jesus?

Chris, thanks for your response. So no, no evidence that at the beginning of Romans in the manuscript the missing text had been written but had been “unfortunately erased”. I think the text of chapter 1 of Romans as found in manuscript "G" Is part of a larger body of evidence that raises important q...
by robert j
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Top suspects that could have invented the historical Jesus?
Replies: 127
Views: 33433

Re: Top suspects that could have invented the historical Jesus?

For Rom. 1:3 there is only one singular manuscript which lacks it, but that is not due to it not being written but because there is a huge lacunae where ink was unfortunately erased (Codex Boernerianus). On what basis do you claim that the mostly blank section in Codex Boernerianus (G), where Roman...
by robert j
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul, Please Take the Stand --- Jim and John and a Guy Named Rock
Replies: 2
Views: 1412

Re: Paul, Please Take the Stand --- Jim and John and a Guy Named Rock

Paul's Construct ---- An analysis of 1 Corinthians 3:9-11 From the concluding paragraph of the OP --- ... Paul constructed his system by means of creative and generative use of the Jewish scriptures to develop an attractive short-cut for Gentiles to fully participate with the great and ancient God ...
by robert j
Sat May 30, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Tinker Tailor Soldier Forger
Replies: 197
Views: 31643

Re: Tinker Tailor Soldier Forger

Regarding my comment on 2 Peter --- The Greek term epoptai (ἐπόπται) is typically translated in bibles as "eyewitnesses". But in an historical context, the word was used primarily as a technical term in the non-Christian Eleusinian Mysteries, widespread in the eastern Mediterranean at the time. The ...
by robert j
Fri May 29, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul, Please Take the Stand --- Jim and John and a Guy Named Rock
Replies: 2
Views: 1412

Paul, Please Take the Stand --- Jim and John and a Guy Named Rock

Judge: Paul, you stand accused of attempting to solicit donations from your Corinthian followers for non-existent “saints” in Jerusalem, purported beneficiaries that you invented. How do you plead? Paul: Not guilty. Judge: I would like to warn both sides that whatever god or gods in which one might...
by robert j
Thu May 28, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Tinker Tailor Soldier Forger
Replies: 197
Views: 31643

Re: Tinker Tailor Soldier Forger

What are we to make of this passage from the concluding chapter of Clement's Exhortation to the Hellenes : O truly sacred mysteries! O pure light! In the blaze of the torches I have a vision from heaven and of God. I become holy by initiation. The Lord reveals the mysteries ; He marks the worshippe...
by robert j
Wed Apr 29, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: NT misquotes of the OT
Replies: 16
Views: 6149

Re: NT misquotes of the OT

You're right, of course. I'm sure that Paul's opponents thought that Paul misused scriptures. I didn't express my question well. I meant people trying to rationalise why Paul seemingly made up his own quotes from scriptures. Take Paul's change of "the Redeemer shall come to Zion" to "come out of Zi...
by robert j
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: NT misquotes of the OT
Replies: 16
Views: 6149

Re: NT misquotes of the OT

Thanks robert j, but my point isn't that Paul was creative in his use of scriptures -- he obviously was. But was there any push-back on what he did? Did anyone back then say "Hey, Paul got scripture wrong!" ... It seems that those influencing the Galatians did, and apparently some within his Galati...
by robert j
Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: NT misquotes of the OT
Replies: 16
Views: 6149

Re: NT misquotes of the OT

...What is interesting to me is that in the commentaries I've seen, no-one seems to try to explain what Paul is doing in those passages where he is 'misquoting' scriptures. E.g. "Paul was working from a variant of Scriptures that we don't have" or "Paul must have been working from memory so got it ...