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by rakovsky
Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How John Wrote the Book of Revelation Chapter 1
Replies: 40
Views: 20459

Re: How John Wrote the Book of Revelation Chapter 1

K. Lewis, Since you have studied Revelation, I want to ask if you think the Book sets the End Time events, particularly Armaggedon as happening at a specific year. It describes armies on horses, so this implies some time when nations were still using horse cavalry, eg. before WWii. To give an analog...
by rakovsky
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Legion of Jesuses in Josephus
Replies: 60
Views: 15094

Re: The Legion of Jesuses in Josephus

Ben, I approach the issue of "Jesus Ben Damnaeus" as a mystery or a question. You mentioned one occurrence of a Greek name for a High Priest in the 1st century (Theophilus). This agrees with the idea that Jewish high priests tended not to have such names in the first century. What is its meaning, i...
by rakovsky
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Legion of Jesuses in Josephus
Replies: 60
Views: 15094

Re: The Legion of Jesuses in Josephus

A Jewish priest would tend not to take a Greek name.... Why not? After the Maccabean period we have Jewish high priests named Aristobulus, Alexander, Antigonus, and Theophilus: all Greek names. Right. Onias and Menelaus came to my mind when I wrote that. The position of high priest was a very impor...
by rakovsky
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Legion of Jesuses in Josephus
Replies: 60
Views: 15094

Re: The Legion of Jesuses in Josephus

To begin with, as a Jewish Pharisee who wrote derisively about all other messiah claimants, Josephus would have been unlikely to believe Jesus to be the Christ. However, even if he did come to that belief, common sense would tell us that he would dedicate a heavy portion of Antiquities to his Messi...
by rakovsky
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Legion of Jesuses in Josephus
Replies: 60
Views: 15094

Re: The Legion of Jesuses in Josephus

War 6.5.4: The Jews took this prediction to belong to themselves in particular, and many of the wise men were thereby deceived in their determination. Now this oracle certainly denoted the government of Vespasian, who was appointed emperor in Judea. My view is that, like the early Christians, Josep...
by rakovsky
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Legion of Jesuses in Josephus
Replies: 60
Views: 15094

Re: The Legion of Jesuses in Josephus

My personal theory is that, contra Origen, Josephus was a "low-key Christian", and that the Testimonium Flavianum was real. To answer the OP, Joshua/Jesus was a quite common name at the time (like John and James/Jim today), so the frequency of the name in Josephus didn't catch my eye. But I do think...
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: 63967

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: 63967

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: 1853

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...