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by rakovsky
Sat May 25, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A Suggestion for Revising the Early Writings' Entry for Secret Mark
Replies: 141
Views: 58659

Re: A Suggestion for Revising the Early Writings' Entry for Secret Mark

Right, thanks. Google Translate is awful for Greek. Another translation issue that came up was what it says after six days Jesus did. The translations says instructed, commanded, or (per Morton Smith Iirc) told him what to do. This confused me, because I didn't get why Jesus would wait 6 days before...
by rakovsky
Sat May 25, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A Suggestion for Revising the Early Writings' Entry for Secret Mark
Replies: 141
Views: 58659

Re: A Suggestion for Revising the Early Writings' Entry for Secret Mark

The Greek text of the relevant part of "Secret Mark" says: και εξελθοντες εκ του μνημειου ηλθον εις την οικιαν του νεανισκου· ην γαρ πλουσιος· και μεθ ημερας εξ επεταξεν αυτω ο Ιησους· και οψιας γενομενης ερχεται ο νεανισκος προς αυτον, περιβεβλημενος σινδονα επι γυμνου, και εμεινε συν αυτω την νυκτ...
by rakovsky
Fri May 24, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: MARA BAR SERAPION'S LETTER (c.73-200 AD) 2 Questions
Replies: 0
Views: 1223

MARA BAR SERAPION'S LETTER (c.73-200 AD) 2 Questions

Mara Bar Serapion means Mara, son of Serapion, and his letter to his son Serapion refers to the Jews' wise king, whom they killed. Some scholars think that this is an allusion to Jesus. You can read Mara Bar Serapion's letter here: http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/mara.html (Question 1) Ca...
by rakovsky
Fri May 24, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: First Century Christian Writings Missing from our Forum's Website
Replies: 169
Views: 80302

Re: First Century Christian Writings Missing from our Forum's Website

How many 1st to 2nd nonChristian writers who mentioned Christians described them as odd? How many did not? Peter Kirby writes: If there is one impression that we can gather from the references to Christians in our non-Christian sources, one common theme that that runs through Tacitus, Suetonius, Pl...
by rakovsky
Thu Apr 25, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How John Wrote the Book of Revelation Chapter 1
Replies: 39
Views: 13962

Re: How John Wrote the Book of Revelation Chapter 1

I respect the careful research that you put into this. Robert Price wrote, as quoted earlier: All careful readers know that Revelation is not simply an eyewitness account of a series of mind-blasting visions. How can one prove definitively that this text was solely like a Christmas Carol, a careful...
by rakovsky
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How did early Christian texts just go missing?
Replies: 128
Views: 23515

Re: How did early Christian texts just go missing?

I did inform you that I did understand about life expectancy and it was implied in the original comment. I pointed out a life expectancy average of 30 and 35. I pointed out that with this average life expectancy few people would live past the age of 54 (reached in 50 CE).'' Hello, Michael. My quest...
by rakovsky
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How John Wrote the Book of Revelation Chapter 1
Replies: 39
Views: 13962

Re: How John Wrote the Book of Revelation Chapter 1

I respect the careful research that you put into this. Robert Price wrote, as quoted earlier: All careful readers know that Revelation is not simply an eyewitness account of a series of mind-blasting visions. How can one prove definitively that this text was solely like a Christmas Carol, a carefull...
by rakovsky
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS (50-140) Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 7011

Re: THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS (50-140) Questions

Thanks for your thoughtful reply.
by rakovsky
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS (50-140) Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 7011

THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS (50-140) Questions

The Gospel of Thomas is arranged into Sayings. Here are the Sayings lined up with the Coptic and Greek versions, with correlating Bible verses under them. http://www.thenazareneway.com/thomasgospel.htm (Question 1) Is the Greek version of the Gospel of Thomas non-gnostic, authored by a mainstream Ch...