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by rakovsky
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: dying and rising gods
Replies: 11
Views: 766

Re: dying and rising gods

In ancient Hindu mythology, there was a belief that there was a "first person", the cosmic man, Purusha, who was killed by the gods and whose parts were used to create the cosmos. This shows up in the floorplan of Hindu temples, where different corners represent different body parts of the man where...
by rakovsky
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: dying and rising gods
Replies: 11
Views: 766

Re: dying and rising gods

My opinion is that according to a careful reading of Zechariah 12, it is said that people of Judah thrust God through or pierced Him, and there will be mourning comparable to that for the pagan dying and rising god Tammuz AKA Haddad Rimmon. This was not a result that I expected, but is the result of...
by rakovsky
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: dying and rising gods
Replies: 11
Views: 766

Re: dying and rising gods

Tammuz/ Haddad Rimmon

Horus?
Osiris?

Ganesh?

The Hindu deities beheaded by Shiva and Rudra? (Iirc one of them had a name starting with D)
by rakovsky
Sun Mar 18, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Sator Square
Replies: 34
Views: 1840

Re: Sator Square

https://falconbase2008.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/18301688_232017230613843_7024800383809678778_n.jpg?w=816&h=9999 My guess is that it was Christian, and I find numerous pieces of evidence for this like the picture above, but the evidence is circumstantial. Romans of the time liked to play with ana...
by rakovsky
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Sator Square
Replies: 34
Views: 1840

Re: Sator Square

https://falconbase2008.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/18301688_232017230613843_7024800383809678778_n.jpg?w=816&h=9999 My guess is that it was Christian, and I find numerous pieces of evidence for this like the picture above, but the evidence is circumstantial. Romans of the time liked to play with ana...
by rakovsky
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Pilate and Josephus
Replies: 191
Views: 6877

Re: Pilate and Josephus

rakovsky This has been a very informative and interesting exchange you and and Ben have been having. Nevertheless, there still is a lot more at stake in this than whether Josephus and his audience appreciated Oscan puns. If Josephus knowingly and intentionally misstated the name of a historical man...
by rakovsky
Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Pilate and Josephus
Replies: 191
Views: 6877

Re: Pilate and Josephus

In the shorter and probably earlier text, The Apocalypse of Paul, discovered in 1945/6 as part of the library at Nag Hammadi, God’s Spirit takes the form of a little child who speaks to Paul and then catches him up not just to the third, but all the way to the tenth heaven. At heaven number three P...
by rakovsky
Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Pilate and Josephus
Replies: 191
Views: 6877

Re: Pilate and Josephus

Charles Wilson wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:42 pm
"Tithing World", perhaps?
While you posted this I was looking up all Biblical usages of the word tenth. It very often if not usually shows up that way. Chapter 3 section 5 is to a big extent an allusion to Paul's tithing for Jerusalem's church. Good job.
by rakovsky
Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Pilate and Josephus
Replies: 191
Views: 6877

Re: Pilate and Josephus

Ben, I know what you are saying. If it was just Josephus popping the name Decius Mundus in some usual historical place in his text, I wouldn't think of it as anything but a real historical reference to a real person of that name. But this passage is one that I am convinced is written as a cryptic al...
by rakovsky
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Pilate and Josephus
Replies: 191
Views: 6877

Re: Pilate and Josephus

Oscan was still spoken in central Italy in 100 AD about the time of writing, and Josephus was narrating Rome's events at that point, so a Roman name would be chosen even if the character were fictional and the audience were Greek. Decius and Decimus aren't Greek, but nor is Mundus. Deci shows up as ...