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by Ben C. Smith
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Epiphanius gives evidence that James could't be the carnal brother of Jesus
Replies: 31
Views: 269

Re: Epiphanius gives evidence that James could't be the carnal brother of Jesus

My point is that if Epiphanius was more historian and less apologist in this point, then the old age of James, if meant as a historical information, is probably evidence against him being carnal brother of Jesus, so requiring other explanations for Gal 1:19. Epiphanius actually seems to support tha...
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Epiphanius gives evidence that James could't be the carnal brother of Jesus
Replies: 31
Views: 269

Re: Epiphanius gives evidence that James could't be the carnal brother of Jesus

What exactly "the sons of Rechab, the son of the Rechabites" means is anyone's guess. It seems unnecessary repetition. It is important to note that the actual name of the priest is not mentioned. Could this be Simeon and could it point to the 'brotherhood' as being something other than a connection...
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Epiphanius gives evidence that James could't be the carnal brother of Jesus
Replies: 31
Views: 269

Re: Epiphanius gives evidence that James could't be the carnal brother of Jesus

Someone says that Epiphanius, being later, wrote from a position of relative security. So he would be more reliable in comparison to, for example, Justin. This is true only if the intent is historical. It is false in the case of pious legends, which often (not always) grow in detail and in fantasy ...
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Epiphanius gives evidence that James could't be the carnal brother of Jesus
Replies: 31
Views: 269

Re: Epiphanius gives evidence that James could't be the carnal brother of Jesus

My point is that if Epiphanius was more historian and less apologist in this point, then the old age of James, if meant as a historical information, is probably evidence against him being carnal brother of Jesus, so requiring other explanations for Gal 1:19. Yes, I realize that. And I, too, have pl...
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Epiphanius gives evidence that James could't be the carnal brother of Jesus
Replies: 31
Views: 269

Re: Epiphanius gives evidence that James could't be the carnal brother of Jesus

But James, the brother of the Lord and son of Joseph, died in Jerusalem, having lived 24 years, more or less, after the Savior's Ascension. He was 96 years old when he was struck on the head by a fuller with his club, flung from the pinnacle of the Temple and cast down... Haeres, 78, 14 So accordin...
by Ben C. Smith
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Bar-Abbas.. ...or Why Jesus is 'called' - and only 'called' - the Jewish Christ
Replies: 10
Views: 155

Re: Bar-Abbas.. ...or Why Jesus is 'called' - and only 'called' - the Jewish Christ

Ben, if I read in Titus Livy that Hannibal was not a pious person, I can't believe that Hannibal was an atheist (á la Diagoras). What does this mean? But even a Roman propagandist as Livy had to recognize that Hannibal was a great general. And he did. Okay. So what? Idem with Tertullian.... If your...
by Ben C. Smith
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Bar-Abbas.. ...or Why Jesus is 'called' - and only 'called' - the Jewish Christ
Replies: 10
Views: 155

Re: Bar-Abbas.. ...or Why Jesus is 'called' - and only 'called' - the Jewish Christ

In addition, can you explain me why you deny that Tertullian confirms that the demons didn't recognize the marcionite Jesus as son of the Good God, when the same Tertullian wrote: Therefore they [the demons] confessed that (Christ) was the Son of a God who was to be feared , because they would have...
by Ben C. Smith
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Bar-Abbas.. ...or Why Jesus is 'called' - and only 'called' - the Jewish Christ
Replies: 10
Views: 155

Re: Bar-Abbas.. ...or Why Jesus is 'called' - and only 'called' - the Jewish Christ

if A -----> B then not A -----> not B This is the logical fallacy known as " denying the antecedent ." Now, you are probably going to come back and say that you mean something slightly different here or some nonsense, but please think about how you word things . You recently asserted (for I cannot ...
by Ben C. Smith
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Three different reasons to kill Jesus (if you are one of the 'Rulers of this Age')
Replies: 32
Views: 382

Re: Three different reasons to kill Jesus (if you are one of the 'Rulers of this Age')

It is so simple, that your suspicions regard it betray more your fear that Mcn precedes all the Gospels than a real skepticism about who is of Tertullian and what is not (but this is - obviously - only a my personal suspicion). What fear? I could not care less which came first. I just want to have ...