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by John T
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How Could Symeon be James the Just's Successor on the Episcopal Throne of Jerusalem if He was Crucified Under Trajan?
Replies: 12
Views: 128

Re: How Could Symeon be James the Just's Successor on the Episcopal Throne of Jerusalem if He was Crucified Under Trajan

The episcopal list of Hegesippus as preserved in Epiphanius and Eusebius (independently of one another) reads: 1. James, who was martyred in Jerusalem by beating with a cudgel. [He lived] until the time of Nero. 2. Symeon, was crucified under Trajan. 3. Judah 4. Zachariah 5. Tobiah 6. Benjamin 7. J...
by John T
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: John completes his "Course Work"
Replies: 11
Views: 1290

Re: John completes his "Course Work"

CW, I have tried to decipher the calendar of priestly courses ( 4Q320 ) but I'm having a hard time making sense of it. If I understand you right, your theory (proof) that John the Baptist died in 4 BCE is based on a precise rotation of priestly courses, i.e. Immer comes after Bilgah? Yet, Mishmarot ...
by John T
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Folly of 'Jewish Christianity' Theories
Replies: 115
Views: 1432

Re: The Folly of 'Jewish Christianity' Theories

Yes, yes, we all know you uncritically accept every jot and tittle from the church fathers. Now be true to your word and go away. Who is we? And can you cite any examples that I believe the Bible and the writings of the church fathers are inerrant? If not, then how about making a valid argument for...
by John T
Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Folly of 'Jewish Christianity' Theories
Replies: 115
Views: 1432

Re: The Folly of 'Jewish Christianity' Theories

I dislike 'Jewish Christianity' theorists because of the hidden presuppositions in their theories. The most annoying thing about 'Jewish Christianity' theorists is that they inevitably develop their theories around the clues given to us by the Church Fathers - people with a pronounced interest in d...
by John T
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Folly of 'Jewish Christianity' Theories
Replies: 115
Views: 1432

Re: The Folly of 'Jewish Christianity' Theories

... Wikipedia is the "expert" here? Come on. Consult actual critical scholarship please like McGrath 2013:... Even though you would not or could not provide a link, I did some researching on your source. Here is what I found out so far on McGrath. " I’ve begun work on a project on the historical Jo...
by John T
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Folly of 'Jewish Christianity' Theories
Replies: 115
Views: 1432

Re: The Folly of 'Jewish Christianity' Theories

I do trust the experts who have taken the time to study it and they say that the Mandean Book of John contains accounts of John the Baptist life and miracles The experts DO NOT say that the Mandaean material witnesses an actual historical connection between the sect and John the Baptist. Wikipedia ...
by John T
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Folly of 'Jewish Christianity' Theories
Replies: 115
Views: 1432

Re: The Folly of 'Jewish Christianity' Theories

John T wrote: The Haran Gawaita tells the history of the Nasoreans i.e. followers of John the Baptist who then became Gnostic Christians after they fled to modern day Iraq due to the Jewish revolt. The Mandaean John lived to see the destruction of the temple. Have you ever read this stuff? Nope and...
by John T
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Folly of 'Jewish Christianity' Theories
Replies: 115
Views: 1432

Re: The Folly of 'Jewish Christianity' Theories

" It should now be abundantly clear that Jesus and the Essenes were contemporaries, and that there are numerous possibilities for Jesus to have heard about Essene doctrines, practices, interpretations of the Bible, and social habits. He could well have been influ¬enced by them without having to visi...
by John T
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Folly of 'Jewish Christianity' Theories
Replies: 115
Views: 1432

Re: The Folly of 'Jewish Christianity' Theories

The conversation seems to revert back to old tropes. My question was - where is the actual evidence of 'Jewish Christianity' outside of the testimony of the Church Fathers? The Haran Gawaita tells the history of the Nasoreans i.e. followers of John the Baptist who then became Gnostic Christians aft...
by John T
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Folly of 'Jewish Christianity' Theories
Replies: 115
Views: 1432

Re: The Folly of 'Jewish Christianity' Theories

Christianity has too many overlaps with the Dead Sea Scrolls to be purely of gentile origin. The lack of Hebrew or Aramaic texts is easily explicable: after 70, Judea was in chaos; much was lost; the Dead Sea Scrolls cache itself was a stroke of luck, one which may never be replicated. Yes, I agree...