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by Ben C. Smith
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Legion of Jesuses in Josephus
Replies: 8
Views: 107

Re: The Legion of Jesuses in Josephus

Tal Ilan, in Lexicon of Jewish Names in Late Antiquity, Part I, Palestine 330 BCE-200 CE (2002) 56, 126-33, 449 documented 103 men named Joshua, the sixth most popular male name in this collection. I'm familiar with that work - but if you mean to indicate that roughly 103/ 449 Jewish men in Palesti...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Those stupid disciples!
Replies: 37
Views: 469

Re: Those stupid disciples!

Zabdi is just an alternate form of Zebediah/Zabadiah, which is the form obviously intended in the gospel of Mark: I would say Mark's source. Mark had no idea what the name meant. This is clear from 3:17. This opinion of Mark's work could be a model difference, as I do not think Mark invented any st...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Eusebius as a forger.
Replies: 84
Views: 16499

Re: Eusebius as a forger.

This is a general problem in the field. I imagine that most on this forum have seen the argument that where the accuracy of the bible (or a particular biblical writer) can be checked, it is accurate. What this usually means is “where the bible account fits other evidence, I accept the other evidenc...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Those stupid disciples!
Replies: 37
Views: 469

Re: Those stupid disciples!

Zabdi is just an alternate form of Zebediah/Zabadiah, which is the form obviously intended in the gospel of Mark: I would say Mark's source. Mark had no idea what the name meant. This is clear from 3:17. I worded it the way I did ("in the gospel of Mark") precisely in order not to have to address t...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Those stupid disciples!
Replies: 37
Views: 469

Re: Those stupid disciples!

The word ἀμφίβληστρον is cognate with ἀμφιβάλλω, and it simply means a casting net (among other things). Classical writers tended to use περιβάλλω for the act of casting it, but the meaning for ἀμφιβάλλω would be much the same, as is shown by the Old Greek of a verse in Habakkuk: Habakkuk 1.17 (OG)...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Those stupid disciples!
Replies: 37
Views: 469

Re: Those stupid disciples!

Zebedee is not an actual name anyone ever had. זַבְדִּי • (zab'di) m Zabdi, the name of four Israelites in the Hebrew Bible. A son of Zerah and grandson of Judah; grandfather of Achan. A one of the sons of Shimhi, a Benjaminite. An officer of David, in charge of the produce of the vineyards for the...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:01 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why "Egypt" is "where also their Lord was crucified"
Replies: 22
Views: 4943

Re: Why "Egypt" is "where also their Lord was crucified"

Bernard Muller wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:55 pm
to Ben,
I notice you did not answer my question: did you read my page on Revelation?

Cordially, Bernard
You always ask me this question, and the answer is always the same: yes, I read it, but it has been a while. In this case, however, I did go back and reread some of it on this topic.
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Those stupid disciples!
Replies: 37
Views: 469

Re: Those stupid disciples!

Stuart wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:02 pm
The fishing scene is completely artificial.
I agree.
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why "Egypt" is "where also their Lord was crucified"
Replies: 22
Views: 4943

Re: Why "Egypt" is "where also their Lord was crucified"

to Ben, I agree completely. No exception was made. I said I doubted this chapter was by the same hand as the others. Are you saying there were some strictly Jewish interpolations on a text initially written by a Jewish Christian? No. I am suggesting that a thoroughly Jewish text (basically what we ...
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why "Egypt" is "where also their Lord was crucified"
Replies: 22
Views: 4943

Re: Why "Egypt" is "where also their Lord was crucified"

Emphasis are mine. Revelation 11.8: 8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. While Rome can certainly be described as a great city (and actually is elsewhere in Revelation) , it would not be out...