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by Ben C. Smith
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: If anyone is new to Q and the Synoptic Problem
Replies: 15
Views: 216

Re: If anyone is new to Q and the Synoptic Problem

I wonder how many times Matthew uses “Kingdom of Heaven” in the double tradition? Should we expect Luke to have used the term at least once in this tradition if he is using Matthew? I can’t find Luke using the term at all. Correct. Luke never uses the term "kingdom of heaven" (at least not in the s...
by Ben C. Smith
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Celsus Used Against Marcion?
Replies: 26
Views: 281

Re: Celsus Used Against Marcion?

Footnote 19 http://cdn.theologicalstudies.net/34/34.2/34.2.6.pdf I do not follow the logic of the footnote. It is commenting on something that Philo allegedly called Mnason ("two-colored," which I can see as a colorful way to describe a fence-sitter), but then speaks to the etymology of Philo. Not ...
by Ben C. Smith
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:23 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Celsus Used Against Marcion?
Replies: 26
Views: 281

Re: Celsus Used Against Marcion?

Secret Alias wrote:
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:10 am
The author of the paper where I got this information suggests that 'philo' means 'fence sitter.' How is this? Ben?
No idea how that would work. I always assumed that Φίλων came from φίλος ("lover" or "friend").
by Ben C. Smith
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Papias and the disciples of the Lord.
Replies: 139
Views: 18636

Re: Papias and the disciples of the Lord.

Hegesippus on James may possibly be paralleled in Philostratus Life of Apollonius book one. And having said this he [Apollonius] declined to live upon a flesh diet, on the ground that it was unclean, and also that it made the mind gross; so he partook only of dried fruits and vegetables, for he sai...
by Ben C. Smith
Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: If anyone is new to Q and the Synoptic Problem
Replies: 15
Views: 216

Re: If anyone is new to Q and the Synoptic Problem

Why has Matthew both made changes to the servants' errands which ease the parable (of the tenants) perfectly into its new setting (a king's feast) and then, after that section, retained exactly those elements of the servants' errand which most conflict with that new setting? What suggests itself to...
by Ben C. Smith
Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: If anyone is new to Q and the Synoptic Problem
Replies: 15
Views: 216

Re: If anyone is new to Q and the Synoptic Problem

Ben Smith wrote: It is not the purest example of fatigue one may find, but the fact that Matthew 22.7 has the king in the parable of the wedding feast actually destroying a city in the middle of inviting people to his feast, and the feast is apparently still there after the war, indicates to me tha...
by Ben C. Smith
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A Surfeit of Johns
Replies: 6
Views: 97

Re: A Surfeit of Johns

Joseph D. L. wrote:
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:57 pm
Ben C. Smith wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:20 pm
Joseph D. L. wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:31 am
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John, the Elder
John, the Presbyter
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Same person. Presbyter = πρεσβύτερος = elder.
To be fair I think most of these Johns are the same person.
Fair enough, but the other Johns require an argument, whereas this one does not.
by Ben C. Smith
Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: If anyone is new to Q and the Synoptic Problem
Replies: 15
Views: 216

Re: If anyone is new to Q and the Synoptic Problem

I found it interesting that both Matthew and Luke have “bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus (Mt 1:21, Lk 1:31), even if the Greek is only identical for - ”son and you shall call his name Jesus” This agreement looks startling at first sight. Unfortunately, it is obvious that both Matthew a...
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A Surfeit of Johns
Replies: 6
Views: 97

Re: A Surfeit of Johns

Joseph D. L. wrote:
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:31 am
....
John, the Elder
John, the Presbyter
....
Same person. Presbyter = πρεσβύτερος = elder.
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Titles of the gospels
Replies: 26
Views: 752

Re: Titles of the gospels

Perhaps it might helpful if we discussed the word “gospel”. It is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning good news. I would think it was first used during the eighth century when I think books of the Bible were translated into Anglo-Saxon. So before this they were referred to as bona annuntiatio and before th...