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by Ben C. Smith
Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.
Replies: 44
Views: 7060

Re: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.

I understand the rotations of the priestly courses, and I can stipulate for the sake of argument that the rabbinical literature (as well as one highly fragmentary inscription, which, however, your details did not overlap) gives us hints about the areas in which each course settled after the war with...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Aug 16, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.
Replies: 44
Views: 7060

Re: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.

Perhaps narrow the field and pick one aspect of your thesis and really cover it in depth "Barkeep! Set up another pitcher or two. I might be here awhile..." Thanx, Lane. Poster KK once suggested something similar if memory serves so you're in good company. Rather than a subject picked by me, what s...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.
Replies: 44
Views: 7060

Re: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.

Who subscribes to your theory besides you? How many are they? (These are serious questions, not rhetorical.) The integer value that best approximates this number is Zero. Thanks. There is another side to this, however. If I assert that the Temple Slaughter of 4 BCE was the basis for many of the NT ...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.
Replies: 44
Views: 7060

Re: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.

Who subscribes to your theory besides you? How many are they? (These are serious questions, not rhetorical.) The integer value that best approximates this number is Zero. Thanks. There is another side to this, however. If I assert that the Temple Slaughter of 4 BCE was the basis for many of the NT ...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.
Replies: 44
Views: 7060

Re: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.

Here, I ask for explanations. "Synthesis" as in Kantian "Analytic-Synthetic" or that John was a cooperative venture after the dissemination of Mark? Plz explain. I mean that, if Simon/Symeon, Cephas/Kephas, and Peter were not originally all the same person, then the gospel of John contributes to th...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.
Replies: 44
Views: 7060

Re: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.

I dont know if each of the gospels that use both the names Simon and Peter explain that they are the same person.... They do. All of them do: Matthew 4.18; Mark 3.16; Luke 6.14; John 1.42; Peter 15.60; Thomas 13. No, that is not correct. A "Simon" is given the name "Simon Peter" but the purpose is ...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.
Replies: 44
Views: 7060

Re: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.

Ben, I thought Cephas must have been Peter's Greek name because Bauckham wrote that a Palestinian Jew wouldn't have two Semitic names. But in the case of Peter, it turns out that he did have two Semitic names, Simon and Cephas, with Cephas, Peter, being his Christian or spiritual name or nickname u...
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.
Replies: 44
Views: 7060

Re: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.

The key here is Alpheus which both Luke and Matthew leave out, because it is actually Ἀλφαίος and that is a Greek word meaning yield or produce usually from agriculture. Can you please link to or cite a relevant and authoritative source (such as a lexicon) confirming that the name or word Ἀλφαῖος (...
by Ben C. Smith
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.
Replies: 44
Views: 7060

Re: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.

Anyway, it looks like Levi was Matthew's original name and Matthew was his Christian name. The reasons for this are that: (A) If you look at a chronological harmony of the gospels, Matthew's calling shows up where Levi's should be. (B) Having Christian names as second names was common. (C) In Matth...
by Ben C. Smith
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.
Replies: 44
Views: 7060

Re: Levi, Matthew, & Matthias.

rakovsky wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:32 pm
...the ancient Israelite Patriarch Levi, who was not the forefather of a separate tribe.
What does this mean?