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by Ben C. Smith
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Pope St Clement 1
Replies: 13
Views: 110

Re: Pope St Clement 1

Okay, good to know. Thanks, Andrew.
by Ben C. Smith
Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Pope St Clement 1
Replies: 13
Views: 110

Re: Pope St Clement 1

And let us not forget that there is a Hermas mentioned in Romans 16.14, too.
by Ben C. Smith
Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Pope St Clement 1
Replies: 13
Views: 110

Re: Pope St Clement 1

I also wonder about the significance of the mention of a Clement in the Shepherd of Hermas , at the end of Vision 2 - 4[8]:1 Now, brethren, a revelation was made unto me in my sleep by a youth of exceeding fair form, who said to me, "Whom thinkest thou the aged woman, from whom thou receivedst the ...
by Ben C. Smith
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Pope St Clement 1
Replies: 13
Views: 110

Re: Pope St Clement 1

. Interestingly, 'Clement of Alexandria' (Greek: Κλήμης ὁ Ἀλεξανδρεύς; c. 150 – c. 215) was also named Titus Flavius Clemens (ie. the same name as the late first century consul some have speculated might have been Pope Clement (Latin: Clemens Romanus ; Greek: Κλήμης Ῥώμης; died 99) ). The Clement f...
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The closing chapters of 1 Clement
Replies: 28
Views: 443

Re: The closing chapters of 1 Clement

The problem with manuscript evidence is that it is of precisely zero worth in establishing the earliest date for a text. In this case we do have a window, where the title changed sometime between the middle of the 4th century and the 7th century. Unless one is claiming the earliest manuscript is hi...
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The closing chapters of 1 Clement
Replies: 28
Views: 443

Re: The closing chapters of 1 Clement

Stuart wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:34 am
I think manuscript evidence is much stronger than Patristic....
The problem with manuscript evidence is that it is of precisely zero worth in establishing the earliest date for a text.
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The closing chapters of 1 Clement
Replies: 28
Views: 443

Re: The closing chapters of 1 Clement

(I'm avoiding any material known only from Eusebius or I would add more evidence) Why would Eusebius himself not count as evidence for this particular line of inquiry? The claim was made that Clement was not attached to the letter until the latter part of the fourth century or later: The earliest m...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Epiphanius gives evidence that James could't be the carnal brother of Jesus
Replies: 31
Views: 329

Re: Epiphanius gives evidence that James could't be the carnal brother of Jesus

My point is that if Epiphanius was more historian and less apologist in this point, then the old age of James, if meant as a historical information, is probably evidence against him being carnal brother of Jesus, so requiring other explanations for Gal 1:19. Epiphanius actually seems to support tha...
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Epiphanius gives evidence that James could't be the carnal brother of Jesus
Replies: 31
Views: 329

Re: Epiphanius gives evidence that James could't be the carnal brother of Jesus

What exactly "the sons of Rechab, the son of the Rechabites" means is anyone's guess. It seems unnecessary repetition. It is important to note that the actual name of the priest is not mentioned. Could this be Simeon and could it point to the 'brotherhood' as being something other than a connection...
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Epiphanius gives evidence that James could't be the carnal brother of Jesus
Replies: 31
Views: 329

Re: Epiphanius gives evidence that James could't be the carnal brother of Jesus

Someone says that Epiphanius, being later, wrote from a position of relative security. So he would be more reliable in comparison to, for example, Justin. This is true only if the intent is historical. It is false in the case of pious legends, which often (not always) grow in detail and in fantasy ...