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by Ulan
Thu May 24, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: 'First Century Mark' Now Dated to Second/Third Centuries
Replies: 11
Views: 94

Re: 'First Century Mark' Now Dated to Second/Third Centuries

Finally. I'd love to know why it took this long. Anyway, it will be interesting to learn more about this in the near future.
by Ulan
Wed May 16, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Zeus is the Jewish God.
Replies: 169
Views: 10187

Re: Zeus is the Jewish God.

I didn't read the whole thread, but I don't think linguistics are helping much with the original question. Nobody assumes that Yahweh was an originally Hebrew god. His origin is usually sought somewhere in Arabia. Nevertheless, from the type, he's a typical Ba'al, like all the others. The conflict w...
by Ulan
Wed May 16, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Josephus on James the Just?
Replies: 20
Views: 1450

Re: Josephus on James the Just?

Trees of Life may as well be a KJV Onlyist. Nobody else would get the idiotic idea that an English translation matters in any way when it comes to finding the true meaning of a Greek text.

As such, this isn't exactly a "new" low here at the forum.
by Ulan
Tue May 15, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: AI and the Vatican Archive
Replies: 28
Views: 715

Re: AI and the Vatican Archive

If we look at the laws from the late 4th century, destroying all rival texts was pretty much on the books. While the church after 600 slowly started moving towards the position that they are preservers of old texts, they were a rather destructive force in the time from 300-600, using the worldly pow...
by Ulan
Tue May 15, 2018 2:28 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Papias and the disciples of the Lord.
Replies: 130
Views: 10965

Re: Papias and the disciples of the Lord.

He was not really disputing anything. He said he found your statement somewhat uncharitable. Which is hard to argue against.
by Ulan
Mon May 14, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why Jesus was despised by Celsus's Jew as "coming from Egypt"
Replies: 25
Views: 702

Re: Why Jesus was despised by Celsus's Jew as "coming from Egypt"

It's hard to check such a hypothesis. Of course, you put your finger on one of the issues everyone dealing with that time faces: we can only work with what we know, and of course we can pick our comparisons only from what we know and build relationships between these texts, even though they may not ...
by Ulan
Mon May 14, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Gematria σοφια = παυλος = 781
Replies: 11
Views: 253

Re: Gematria σοφια = παυλος = 781

I just notice that the explanation may be even more banal than what you suggested:

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The description of this piece says "inscribed either Saulos or Paulos".
by Ulan
Mon May 14, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Gematria σοφια = παυλος = 781
Replies: 11
Views: 253

Re: Gematria σοφια = παυλος = 781

Makes sense, and I also like that he went from being the king (Saulos) to becoming the "little one" as explanation. It's all possible. My question was more in the direction that, if you think that gematria plays a role in the name "Paulos", is there a similar pairing for "Saulos" that would at the s...
by Ulan
Mon May 14, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why Jesus was despised by Celsus's Jew as "coming from Egypt"
Replies: 25
Views: 702

Re: Why Jesus was despised by Celsus's Jew as "coming from Egypt"

Still, this doesn't explain why someone who could be identified by the moniker "the Egyptian" was able to raise such a large number of followers. My faith in the numbers found in our texts (Josephus, Acts) is pretty low. Sure. For example, I doubt very much the population numbers Josephus gives for...
by Ulan
Mon May 14, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why Jesus was despised by Celsus's Jew as "coming from Egypt"
Replies: 25
Views: 702

Re: Why Jesus was despised by Celsus's Jew as "coming from Egypt"

Still, this doesn't explain why someone who could be identified by the moniker "the Egyptian" was able to raise such a large number of followers.