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by Ben C. Smith
Mon Sep 28, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: OT references in Mark
Replies: 1
Views: 15

Re: OT references in Mark

It's often said that certain parts of Mark show parallels with the OT. My question is how much OT references does Mark have? Is there any available analysis on this topic? That depends on how strict or lenient you are with the concept of a reference. Explicit references to the Hebrew scriptures are...
by Ben C. Smith
Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: James and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs.
Replies: 9
Views: 154

Re: James and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs.

I imagine he settles on this list because (A) there is a broad consensus that all of these texts were composed in Palestine, with the possible exception of 4 Ezra, the provenance of which may be more controversial, but Palestine is not unlikely, and (B) there is also a broad consensus that they wer...
by Ben C. Smith
Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Against the Argument for 'Influences' in Early Christianity
Replies: 3
Views: 50

Re: Against the Argument for 'Influences' in Early Christianity

I understand how scholarship works. You get an idea for a paper. You develop arguments in favor of that proposition. If it's any good you get published. But at the end of the day does it get us any closer to the truth? At bottom, the gospel wasn't a recipe. It wasn't like 'one part Samaritan, one p...
by Ben C. Smith
Mon Sep 28, 2020 4:35 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: James and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs.
Replies: 9
Views: 154

Re: James and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs.

I don’t know. I just didn’t have full confidence in Sanders’ assurance that all this Jewish material is from the heartland, necessarily. I feel like I don’t know much about the specific geographical origins of most Jewish literature from the 200 BCE—200 CE era. Qumran is an obvious exception. Maybe...
by Ben C. Smith
Mon Sep 28, 2020 4:14 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: The Rechabites.
Replies: 4
Views: 57

Re: The Rechabites.

StephenGoranson wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:58 am
As you may know, Ben, this year in Hugoye, there’s a review by Grigory Kessel of J.-C. Haelewyck, ed., Histoire de Zosime sur la vie des Bienheureux Réchabites: les versions orientales et leurs manuscrits
https://hugoye.bethmardutho.org/review/hv23n1prkessel
I did not know that. Thanks!
by Ben C. Smith
Sun Sep 27, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: The Rechabites.
Replies: 4
Views: 57

Re: The Rechabites.

The vow which the Rechabites supposedly took certainly resembles that of a (lifelong) Nazirite (nothing about the hair, though): Jeremiah 35.6-11: 6 But they said, “We will not drink wine, for Jonadab the son of Rechab [בֶּן־רֵכָב, υἱὸς Ρηχαβ], our father, commanded us, saying, ‘ You shall not drink...
by Ben C. Smith
Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: James and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs.
Replies: 9
Views: 154

Re: James and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs.

Irish1975 wrote:
Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:52 pm
I recently picked up EP Sanders’ much lionized Paul and Palestinian Judaism, and I read far enough to realize that there is little or nothing definitively “Palestinian” about the texts he wants to study.
Which of the texts he lists would you count as Palestinian, and which would you not?
by Ben C. Smith
Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: The Rechabites.
Replies: 4
Views: 57

Re: The Rechabites.

History of the Rechabites (Greek, Evans) History of the Rechabites (English, Evans) 1.1 Διήγησις Ζωσίμου εἰς τὸν Βίον τῶν Μακάρων· Κύριε εὐλόγησον. Κατ᾽ ἐκεῖνον τὸν καιρὸν ἐκ τῆς ἐρήμου ὑπῆρχεν ἀνήρ τις ὀνόματι Ζώσιμος ὅς οὐκ ἔφαγεν ἄρτον ἔτη τεσσαράκοντα καὶ οἶνον οὐκ ἔπιεν· καὶ πρόσωπον ἀνθρώπου ...
by Ben C. Smith
Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: The Rechabites.
Replies: 4
Views: 57

The Rechabites.

I am tracking down ancient sources for the Rechabites: 2 Kings 10.15-28: 15 Now when he had departed from there, he found Jehonadab the son of Rechab [בֶּן־רֵכָב, υἱὸν Ρηχαβ] coming to meet him; and he blessed him and said to him, “Is your heart right, as my heart is with your heart?” And Jehonadab ...
by Ben C. Smith
Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: James and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs.
Replies: 9
Views: 154

Re: James and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs.

The other figure I have been mulling over from that same book by Gabriele Boccaccini is the following: Middle Judaisms (Gabriele Boccaccini, BtEH, Figure 2).png While I do not at all deny that there is a strong Enochic/Essene influence upon Christianity, I do think that the single line of connection...