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by Ben C. Smith
Fri Jan 22, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How many times does Jesus get in a boat?
Replies: 19
Views: 468

Re: How many times does Jesus get in a boat?

@Charles Wilson I'll just say this. Paul the Apostle did lots of traveling by boat around the Aegean Sea, going to and from Troas to Greece and various places. Paul's use of a boat makes a lot of sense. Why was Jesus using a boat? Because his inner circle of disciples are fishermen (in my view, a f...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Jan 22, 2021 9:40 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How many times does Jesus get in a boat?
Replies: 19
Views: 468

Re: How many times does Jesus get in a boat?

Furthermore, I understand that "Sea of Galilee" was a very unusual name for this body of water. Does anyone have sources that identify the typical name for this body of water? Is there any evidence that anyone used the term "Sea of Galilee" before Mark? I have looked for evidence for some time that...
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Jan 21, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Galatians 3:1 "portrayed as crucified"
Replies: 42
Views: 2395

Re: Galatians 3:1 "portrayed as crucified"

When you look at the context it seems pretty clear that it is "forewritten". YLT: 6 according as Abraham did believe God, and it was reckoned to him -- to righteousness; 7 know ye, then, that those of faith -- these are sons of Abraham, 8 and the Writing having foreseen that by faith God doth decla...
by Ben C. Smith
Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Did the Jerusalem church even preach Jesus Christ?
Replies: 51
Views: 2792

Re: Did the Jerusalem church even preach Jesus Christ?

John2 wrote:
Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:51 pm
I suspect that the author of Acts was the Epaphroditus who was executed by Domitian c. 95 CE, so maybe he wasn't able to finish his work.
What are the grounds for this suspicion?
by Ben C. Smith
Wed Jan 20, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Did the Jerusalem church even preach Jesus Christ?
Replies: 51
Views: 2792

Re: Did the Jerusalem church even preach Jesus Christ?

Alright, but if Acts knew 1 Peter and Babylon means Rome, then why doesn't Acts tell us that Peter ever went to Rome, given that 1 Peter doesn't specify when Peter was in "Babylon"? It just seems like a curious omission to me. The ending of Acts is kind of curious anyway. Some have proposed that a ...
by Ben C. Smith
Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Did the Jerusalem church even preach Jesus Christ?
Replies: 51
Views: 2792

Re: Did the Jerusalem church even preach Jesus Christ?

I do think that Acts is using sources (probably at least Papias, but also others), and perhaps from those sources it was not clear exactly what Peter was doing in between the events of Acts 12 and Acts 15, so the author was deliberately vague. Is it not weird that something purported to be the "act...
by Ben C. Smith
Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Did the Jerusalem church even preach Jesus Christ?
Replies: 51
Views: 2792

Re: Did the Jerusalem church even preach Jesus Christ?

Ben, I'm thinking that the key to the meaning of Babylon in 1 Peter could boil down to Acts 12:17: Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. "Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this," he said, and then he left for an...
by Ben C. Smith
Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Johannine epistles as reaction to Marcionism?
Replies: 22
Views: 407

Re: Johannine epistles as reaction to Marcionism?

thanks Ben Well, yes. I see a quotation of Luke 10.7 as scripture and a reference to Jesus suffering under Pontius Pilate. You are correct that there are not many such references to remove, but what tells us to remove them? Only if removing them helps solve a problem i guess that's true for flaggin...
by Ben C. Smith
Wed Jan 20, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Papias and oral tradition.
Replies: 20
Views: 2245

Re: Papias and oral tradition.

Judas to me looks much more like something invented by mark, along wit the whole rest of the Markan story. "Judas" represents the Jews. The Jews betrayed Jesus, that's a Markan thing. If the gospel of Mark had been lost to history, would you be saying that the Jews betraying Jesus is a Matthean thi...