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by Ben C. Smith
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How John Wrote the Book of Revelation Chapter 1
Replies: 35
Views: 599

Re: How John Wrote the Book of Revelation Chapter 1

klewis wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:37 am
Good point made. In fact, you have used the entirety of my book to shoot my argument down. I really want to thank you for your comments.

In the book, I was more worried about the actual mechanics involved in the writing.
This is very open-minded of you. :cheers:
by Ben C. Smith
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How John Wrote the Book of Revelation Chapter 1
Replies: 35
Views: 599

Re: How John Wrote the Book of Revelation Chapter 1

Many tools are available in the modern age that auto corrects many of the grammar problems found in Revelation. I do not use such tools. :) They annoy me, and I turn them off first chance I get in any new program or device. A literary work written with the care with which (at least vast portions of...
by Ben C. Smith
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How John Wrote the Book of Revelation Chapter 1
Replies: 35
Views: 599

Re: How John Wrote the Book of Revelation Chapter 1

Juggling parallels is not a very good explanation of a Greek writer using, say, the wrong case in an obvious construction (the equivalent in English of saying, for example, "Me had a good time"). Just because the process is a bit complex does not mean that a native English speaker is likely to make...
by Ben C. Smith
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How John Wrote the Book of Revelation Chapter 1
Replies: 35
Views: 599

Re: How John Wrote the Book of Revelation Chapter 1

When a writer is writing this way, he is more concerned with forming parallels between two passages than forming a polish text each time. Why would he do that only to change it the next time. Juggling parallels is not a very good explanation of a Greek writer using, say, the wrong case in an obviou...
by Ben C. Smith
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How John Wrote the Book of Revelation Chapter 1
Replies: 35
Views: 599

Re: How John Wrote the Book of Revelation Chapter 1

Now as to why Revelation is the worse Greek in the Christian Scriptures. Most will say that he thought in Hebrew and wrote in Greek. I argue that his Greek was very good, just that the process in which he wrote required a polishing phase. Since John defined Domitian as the beast, and Domitian was a...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Simon Magus
Replies: 12
Views: 547

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: 25629

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: 25629

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: 25629

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: 1128

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.