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by Ben C. Smith
Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The gospel of the Egyptians.
Replies: 13
Views: 1742

Re: The gospel of the Egyptians.

Oskar Holtzmann in his book The Life of Jesus suggests that the passage from the Gospel of the Egyptians can be clarified with Jesus' reply to the Sadduccees in Mark 12 that after the resurrection there won't be marriage. Holtzmann reasons that since there is no more death, there might not be marri...
by Ben C. Smith
Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Pagan attempts meant to prove that Jesus was never risen
Replies: 3
Views: 105

Re: Pagan attempts meant to prove that Jesus was never risen

An even more great anomaly is that it is not reported the fact that the tomb raiders didn't find the head of John the Baptist. Was John not beheaded, but crucified? I do not think there is any evidence that John was crucified, but I am also very doubtful that we can know for certain that he was beh...
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: An order of lifelong Nazirites?
Replies: 9
Views: 1516

Re: An order of lifelong Nazirites?

The Catholic Encyclopedia has "Her Nazarites were whiter than snow" for Adv Marc . IV,4. This is a quotation of Lamentations 4.7. And Nazarite/Nazirite gets a mention at the end of chapter 23 of Adv Marc . IV - implicitly in the first instance in both the Catholic Encyclopedia and the Ernest Evans'...
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: About another Gospel incipit without John the Baptist
Replies: 15
Views: 128

Re: About another Gospel incipit without John the Baptist

The gospel of Barnabas lacks any mention of John the baptist, as well, incidentally.
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: About another Gospel incipit without John the Baptist
Replies: 15
Views: 128

Re: About another Gospel incipit without John the Baptist

Putting aside Mcn , can you explain why the absence of John in the Gospel of 12 apostles would be not evidence of the antiquity of this gospel? Of course, but will it make a difference? Will you listen and understand? We shall see. The presence or absence of John has nothing whatsoever to do with h...
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: About another Gospel incipit without John the Baptist
Replies: 15
Views: 128

Re: About another Gospel incipit without John the Baptist

You misunderstand the argument, then. Your argument is: 1) in Mcn John is introduced bluntly with a description of him 2) in Mark John is introduced in the incipit. 3) therefore: Mcn derives from Mark. My point is that, if you accept the validity of that your argument (as I do), then accordingly yo...
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: About another Gospel incipit without John the Baptist
Replies: 15
Views: 128

Re: About another Gospel incipit without John the Baptist

What surprises me about the existence of a gospel without John the Baptist even when it is quoted in the incipit a biblical verse usually referred to John , is that it alone confutes the argument raised by Joe and Ben (and even by Stuart) about the presence of John in Mcn as a confutation of marcio...
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The power of failed prophecy.
Replies: 21
Views: 2787

Re: The power of failed prophecy.

To address the OP: The end of John 21 seems to deal with the issue - it says that there was a saying that Jesus would return in the life of John. So you could theorize that Jesus had said something like this, or that an apostle or the apostles took the resurrected Lord as saying this. Then in order...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The gospel of the Egyptians.
Replies: 13
Views: 1742

Re: The gospel of the Egyptians.

Thanks for writing back so quickly, Ben. Another translation issue is whether Hippolytus said that (A) the Naassene Gnostics set down the changes of the soul in the Gospel According to the Egyptians, or if he said that (B) they had the description of the changes of the soul that was set down in the...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The gospel of the Egyptians.
Replies: 13
Views: 1742

Re: The gospel of the Egyptians.

Ben, I respect your translation on your Text Excavations page alot because you are very careful. One part that got me tripped up because I don't know Greek was what Clement of Alexandria in Stromata III.9 said was in the Gospel of the Egyptians. Your translation reads to me as if he wrote that the ...