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by Ulan
Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: "John the Baptist" = the "Ionian" who gives νοῦς
Replies: 7
Views: 3580

Re: "John the Baptist" = the "Ionian" who gives νοῦς

Come on, Stephan. You may not like the idea, but νοῦς is at least a central concept of Socratic philosophy and, more importantly, gnosticism (Valentinus, Basilides, Simon Mages, Gospel of Mary). It's the other part that throws me off.
by Ulan
Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: The Hebrew tongue at Qumran.
Replies: 8
Views: 4904

Re: The Hebrew tongue at Qumran.

As far as I know, the scholarly consensus (I use that term lightly) has mostly shifted to a position that some form of Hebrew was still spoken in some rural areas of Judea well into the 1st century AD, but not really in Jerusalem or Galilee.
by Ulan
Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Against the Argument for 'Influences' in Early Christianity
Replies: 65
Views: 25019

Re: Against the Argument for 'Influences' in Early Christianity

@Secret Alias: Not sure what you want to tell us here. If it were that easy to assign budding Christianity to a specific sect, someone would have done this by now. However, it isn't easy. If you look at Jesus (well, his teachings from the gospels), you may conclude that you look at 4 parts Hillel an...
by Ulan
Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The exegetical origins of the feeding of the 5000 (or 4000).
Replies: 38
Views: 21412

Re: The exegetical origins of the feeding of the 5000 (or 4000).

Very nice post, Ben. The Passover connection looks convincing, and it's good to know that the Passover and military connotations are not mutually exclusive, but complement each other.
by Ulan
Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Did Luke write the epistle of James?
Replies: 40
Views: 20295

Re: Did Luke write the epistle of James?

Acts misunderstand the conflict between Peter and Paul. Deliberately so, I think. Given they transform Paul into Peter and Peter into Paul, they try to bridge two irreconcilable positions by mincing those personalities and their views until you get a patty that is palatable for most people from bot...
by Ulan
Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What Were the Moneychangers at the Temple Changing Money for?
Replies: 25
Views: 10010

Re: What Were the Moneychangers at the Temple Changing Money for?

I don't see any strong connection, other than the point that some quality of a moneychanger is invoked.
by Ulan
Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What Were the Moneychangers at the Temple Changing Money for?
Replies: 25
Views: 10010

Re: What Were the Moneychangers at the Temple Changing Money for?

I know this is not going to win me any fans but 'the beginning' of the gospel narrative is necessarily Yom Kippur. So we are down to one of two choices - Yom Kippur or Passover. I think it originally took place on Yom Kippur. The Barabbas scene is also a Yom Kippur story, even though that makes Bar...
by Ulan
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid For. Confirmation 16:8 Original
Replies: 301
Views: 189451

Re: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid For. Confirmation 16:8 Original

Why are you wasting so much time pretending to be doing textual analysis or criticism? That's your general issue in a nutshell. Your question betrays that you think "textual analysis or criticism" means inventing things out of whole cloth. Which explains most of your posts. A theory is based on exi...
by Ulan
Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Herod was called the Messiah, too
Replies: 11
Views: 7217

Re: Herod was called the Messiah, too

I was referring to the disconnect that gets visible when someone is surprised that a king might be called "Christ".
by Ulan
Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Herod was called the Messiah, too
Replies: 11
Views: 7217

Re: Herod was called the Messiah, too

It's not surprising that thought sprang from the mind of a Latin writer, given "Christ" was a title that didn't have any meaning beyond the religious one for them.