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by Secret Alias
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: דמשק is an Anagram for מקדש
Replies: 2
Views: 24

Re: דמשק is an Anagram for מקדש

Nodet seems to hint at this explanation (unwittingly) when he writes: Whatever the meaning may be, the expression does not have a primary topographical meaning, but implies a situation of exile even in Judaea: the implicit reference is Ezek 1-3, where God leaves His sanctuary to visit the exiles, cf...
by Secret Alias
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: דמשק is an Anagram for מקדש
Replies: 2
Views: 24

דמשק is an Anagram for מקדש

I think the solution to the origin of the Qumran sect is now obvious. מקדש = sanctuary (not temple). The land of Judah could only have been juxtaposed against the land of the mikdash if the sect originally derived its origins from Samaria as various fragments suggest. To this end could the documents...
by Secret Alias
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: 'Judas of Nazareth' by Daniel Unterbrink
Replies: 89
Views: 2293

Re: 'Judas of Nazareth' by Daniel Unterbrink

Here: Damascus lies in a fertile plain east of the Anti-Lebanon range, with snowy Mount Hermon filling the western horizon. The river el-Barada, “the Cool,” runs through the heart of the city, while el-A'waj descends from the eastern slopes of Mount Hermon to water the southeastern plain. The Barada...
by Secret Alias
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: 'Judas of Nazareth' by Daniel Unterbrink
Replies: 89
Views: 2293

Re: 'Judas of Nazareth' by Daniel Unterbrink

Josephus tells us that in his time a suburb of Damascus was called “the habitation of Abraham.” And there is surely a trace of his slight sojourn there in the name of his favorite and most trusted servant, Eliezer of Damascus. Abraham was wandering in the desert and then came to something beautiful ...
by Secret Alias
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: 'Judas of Nazareth' by Daniel Unterbrink
Replies: 89
Views: 2293

Re: 'Judas of Nazareth' by Daniel Unterbrink

Why would בארץ דמשק = some ignorant reference to the wilderness of Damascus? Damascus always sat on an oasis - https://www.jstor.org/stable/3141440?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents. The land around Damascus is green and beautiful and always was - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghouta https://upload.wikim...
by Secret Alias
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Proof (Perhaps) of the Existence of Isaiah
Replies: 4
Views: 109

Re: Proof (Perhaps) of the Existence of Isaiah

https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-find-of-biblical-proportions-proof-of-prophet-isaiah-believed-unearthed/ https://members.bib-arch.org/biblical-archaeology-review/44/2/7 https://www.google.com/amp/s/relay.nationalgeographic.com/proxy/distribution/public/amp/2018/02/prophet-isaiah-jerusalem-seal-arch...
by Secret Alias
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Who is 'the Teacher of Righteousness"?
Replies: 64
Views: 1375

Re: Who is 'the Teacher of Righteousness"?

in favor of Ezra O'Connor notes Babylonianism in the founding documents of the community https://books.google.com/books?id=NC6iAkcBe4IC&pg=PA223&lpg=PA223&dq="land+of+damascus"+hebrew+qumran&source=bl&ots=Xt91eBYnNL&sig=rbdYm_j3tbIzr3Xlxi8YS4_4f4U&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi779upxbjZAhUDMGMKHWklDEw4ChDo...
by Secret Alias
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Meaning of 'Apostolic'
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: The Meaning of 'Apostolic'

But isn't the use of the term 'apostle' still similar given that it still means effective 'leader.' It doesn't have that sense in (native) Greek.