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by toejam
Thu May 18, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Terullian and Irenaeus text recommendations...
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Terullian and Irenaeus text recommendations...

I'm looking for some sort of book / series of volumes in English of the writings of Tertullian and Irenaeus that includes a scripture index and perhaps a mini running commentary. Something along the lines of the well known Hendrickson edition of 'The Complete Works of Josephus'. Any recommendations?
by toejam
Thu May 04, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: does jesus' family think that he is mental?
Replies: 16
Views: 632

Re: does jesus' family think that he is mental?

Michael BG wrote:The problem with this is that the context is likely to have been added by Mark.
But Ehrman is talking about the way the verse reads in the Gospel of Mark, so for the purposes of his argument it's irrelevant whether this is an addition by a Markan redactor to something that no longer exists...
by toejam
Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Erhmans claim of hallucination
Replies: 20
Views: 793

Re: Erhmans claim of hallucination

My views are close to Ehrman's, though not with the same degree of confidence. I suspect there were some white lies that went on as well as genuinely mistaken visions and false memories. I imagine that after Jesus died, some of the pillars took it upon themselves to figure out a way to keep the comm...
by toejam
Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Historicity of Mk 8:31-33
Replies: 6
Views: 442

Re: Historicity of Mk 8:31-33

I tend to suspect that Jesus did not think of himself as the Son of Man... But it's certainly a tough one. I don't hold that with any conviction. I've often flirted with the idea of going the full mile - that Jesus thought and taught himself to be the Son of Man and that he went to Jerusalem with th...
by toejam
Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: has aggressive evangelism diminished since 1996?
Replies: 14
Views: 564

Re: has aggressive evangelism diminished since 1996?

I can only comment on the local street preachers that I regularly engage with in my hometown - a group of Ray Comfort adoring Calvinists, a group of Pentecostals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, and the occasional Harri-Krishna and Muslim. It was about 6 years ago when I started regularly engaging and...
by toejam
Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Did GMark Intend Joseph of Arimathea to be Josephus?
Replies: 31
Views: 1452

Re: Did GMark Intend Joseph of Arimathea to be Josephus?

I doubt it. I suspect their small similarities are just coincidence. Though it is a fascinating idea, and I wouldn't rule it out.
by toejam
Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Two Witnesses
Replies: 10
Views: 644

Re: Two Witnesses

Catherine A. Cory suggests Elijah and Moses: Although they are unnamed in the book of Revelation, these two witnesses appear to have connections to Elijah and Moses because of the things they are able to do to those who harm them (11:5-6). In the Old Testament stories Moses is identified with the pl...
by toejam
Sat Jan 21, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Alvan Lamson's On the Doctrine of Two Natures
Replies: 1
Views: 190

Re: Alvan Lamson's On the Doctrine of Two Natures

I have a better theory on the Trinity... It's a superstition born out a religiously desperate need to reconcile inconsistent and incoherent descriptions of God found in "scriptures" unjustifiably assumed to be inerrant and more than the product of fallible men. Problem solved :-) Many Christians des...
by toejam
Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Physical resurrection
Replies: 35
Views: 1872

Re: Physical resurrection

^It depends what you mean by "orthodox" belief. What I'm saying about hallucinations and white lies is certainly not "orthodox" in the way the term is usually used. Paul tells us that people who knew Jesus claimed to have seen Jesus. In the same chapter, Paul tells us of the belief that Jesus's resu...
by toejam
Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:49 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is Jesus really Christ in Mark?
Replies: 18
Views: 989

Re: Is Jesus really Christ in Mark?

There are also some textual variants in which the professing demons do call him the Christ. Though admittedly, this likely secondary scribal expansion and conformity. Still, it is at least plausible that these variants preserve the original reading, with their omission being the result of careless c...