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by Ben C. Smith
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Was Jesus a false prophet?
Replies: 44
Views: 773

Re: Was Jesus a false prophet?

This would explain why Jesus says that the "son of man" will rise after three days (i.e., after a "time, times, and half a time") in Mk. 8:31, rather than "on" the third day (as it says in Hos. 6:2). He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elde...
by Ben C. Smith
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:06 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A matter of style (for Kunigunde).
Replies: 1
Views: 54

A matter of style (for Kunigunde).

Subject: Mark's Sources -- a question There was a discussion with Michael BG on the "Pre-Marcan Passion Narrative" and I think it's easy to identify typical characteristics of Mark's style in all parts of the text. imho the same applies to Bultmann's famous case on Mark 2:1-12 This thematic duplica...
by Ben C. Smith
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Pre-Marcan Passion Narrative
Replies: 15
Views: 958

Re: Pre-Marcan Passion Narrative

This is just another example of the historic present. As Hawkins says on page 150 , "The two most constantly recurring causes of the agreement of Matthew and Luke against Mark are two preferences of Mark, viz. (i) for λεγείν instead of εἰπεῖν, as referred to in the last section, and (ii) for καί in...
by Ben C. Smith
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Blasphemy & the passion narrative before Mark.
Replies: 199
Views: 14802

Re: Blasphemy & the passion narrative before Mark.

I don't know, it is always a little perilous to use mishnaic and talmudic material to try and interpret NT writings, and in this case I would tend to downplay the degree of the parallellarity. But it could be that Mark here knows of this kind of legal procedure and so sets up the narrative like thi...
by Ben C. Smith
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Was John the Baptist invented?
Replies: 12
Views: 182

Re: Was John the Baptist invented?

With respect to Josephus' passage about John the baptist, Peter's is the case to beat, IMHO: http://peterkirby.com/john-the-baptist-authentic.html . I will be happy to consider the passage an interpolation just as soon as I see his overall points on that blog post knocked down one by one, with at le...
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Possible intercalations in the Jewish scriptures.
Replies: 1
Views: 862

Re: Possible intercalations in the Jewish scriptures.

2 Maccabees 2.1-31 (Gentile mistreatment of Jerusalem, the Lord's plan): A 1 : Gentile mistreatment of Jerusalem (general). 1 Not long after this, the king sent an Athenian senator to compel the Jews to forsake the laws of their ancestors and no longer to live by the laws of God; 2 also to pollute ...
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Blasphemy & the passion narrative before Mark.
Replies: 199
Views: 14802

Re: Blasphemy & the passion narrative before Mark.

The charge of blasphemy could've been chosen by Mark in order to convey irony and then the pure legal logic of it all would matter less for Mark's story: The blasphemy is on the part of the council themselves who deny Christ, and even goes on to torture and kill this 'son of the Blessed One'. So th...
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul --- O Brother Who Art Thou?
Replies: 10
Views: 258

Re: Paul --- O Brother Who Art Thou?

To turn this line of inquiry back on Bernard, though, if the phrase does come off as pompous, then I have to wonder why Paul would use it for James if he is the biological brother of Jesus. Why not the more neutral "brother of Jesus," I wonder? I think "brother of Jesus" would imply James to be equ...
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Larry Hurtado vs Neil Godfrey
Replies: 52
Views: 1018

Re: Larry Hurtado vs Neil Godfrey

Bernard Muller wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:43 pm
We know about Paul first from Marcion and probably Irenaeus Adv Haer 3, 1(?)
Let's not forget about the Epistula Apostolorum, dated 140-150.
Good one.
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul --- O Brother Who Art Thou?
Replies: 10
Views: 258

Re: Paul --- O Brother Who Art Thou?

Honestly, to your ear, does "brother of the Lord" not sound a bit pompous as a practically forced admission of spiritual kinship? Yes, perhaps it does sound a bit pompous. To turn this line of inquiry back on Bernard, though, if the phrase does come off as pompous, then I have to wonder why Paul wo...