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by Ben C. Smith
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Simon Magus
Replies: 12
Views: 149

Re: Simon Magus

The statue is a famous misunderstanding. It seems to have been dedicated to Semo Sancus, not to Simon Magus.
by Ben C. Smith
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What did Paul mean by brother(s) of the Lord?
Replies: 63
Views: 23096

Re: What did Paul mean by brother(s) of the Lord?

Finally, howdy Ben . Hi there. :) And for the Origen business, I think Ben is right, and damned, I will have to make some changes on some of my web pages, maybe only one, I hope. Bookmark both this post and also the one in which you changed your mind about 1 Corinthians 11.23-28 . Next time someone...
by Ben C. Smith
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What did Paul mean by brother(s) of the Lord?
Replies: 63
Views: 23096

Re: What did Paul mean by brother(s) of the Lord?

to Ben, Yes you may be right, but in Origen's Against Celsus at 1.47, we have: …Now this writer [/b][Josephus] , although not believing in Jesus as the Christ, in seeking after the cause of the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple, whereas he ought to have said that the conspiracy ag...
by Ben C. Smith
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What did Paul mean by brother(s) of the Lord?
Replies: 63
Views: 23096

Re: What did Paul mean by brother(s) of the Lord?

BTW, I think the interpolation that Origen read and Eusebius quoted was set nicely at the end of Antiquities, at 20, 11, 1, as such: “Now this war began in the second year of the government of Florus, and the twelfth year of the reign of Nero. But then what actions we were forced to do, or what mis...
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Where Acts Got Paul Right
Replies: 5
Views: 502

Re: Where Acts Got Paul Right

robert j wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:39 pm
I'll leave you with the last words.
Thanks, but no need. The concept speaks for itself.
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Where Acts Got Paul Right
Replies: 5
Views: 502

Re: Where Acts Got Paul Right

So, should the προεγράφη in Galatians 3:1 be understood differently than the other 3 occurrences of the term in the NT? Yes, because the sense of the other 3 usages is practically impossible here. Galatians 3.1 says that the verb ("writing before") happened before the Galatians' eyes; therefore, it...
by Ben C. Smith
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: No Christology in the Q community
Replies: 101
Views: 19267

Re: No Christology in the Q community

Paul accused Cephas --- to his face and before every one --- of compelling (ἀναγκάζεις) Gentiles to live as Jews (Galatians 2:14). In the story, Cephas was lily-livered, but he didn’t compel or force anyone to do anything. I think the "force" is supposed to be indirect: Cephas "forces" gentiles to ...
by Ben C. Smith
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: No Christology in the Q community
Replies: 101
Views: 19267

Re: No Christology in the Q community

Furthermore, if "again" was not originally in Paul's epistle, why would Paul specify 14 years? I will field this one, since it is quick and easy. The notion that the original epistle lacked "again" in 2.1 makes sense when paired with the notion that the Marcionite version of Galatians may have lack...
by Ben C. Smith
Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: No Christology in the Q community
Replies: 101
Views: 19267

Re: No Christology in the Q community

Personally, I think there may be something in the Marcionite version lacking the latter verses in chapter 1 and also some manuscripts lacking the "again" in 2.1. Maybe these verses are later editorial additions, or maybe Paul himself added them for a published edition. I am not committed to either o...
by Ben C. Smith
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: No Christology in the Q community
Replies: 101
Views: 19267

Re: No Christology in the Q community

Note: I put Paul's conversion in 35 ... and in Jerusalem again in 52. Tell me where do you think I went wrong? That's a period of 17 years. On what basis should the “after 3 years” and the “after 14 years” clearly be seen as having a different starting point? I think they both start at the very sig...