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by Paul the Uncertain
Sun May 20, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Jesus ben Ananus as a brother for Josephus' James
Replies: 0
Views: 84

Jesus ben Ananus as a brother for Josephus' James

Jesus ben Ananus, who proclaimed woe to Jerusalem for almost eight years in Josephus' War , is about as good a candidate to be the brother of James who was illegally tried in 62 CE as the two Jesuses who appear in the Antiquities story that includes the trial. Like them, ben Ananus bears a name that...
by Paul the Uncertain
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A Christian eschatological pattern in two steps.
Replies: 13
Views: 2521

Re: A Christian eschatological pattern in two steps.

But the pattern is clear: any expectation of an imminent eschaton is immediately quashed by the assertion that nobody knows the timing (except God). OK. I know from recent experience that you have limited patience for identifying literary devices, but this isn't even a "literary" device: it's doubl...
by Paul the Uncertain
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The temple word.
Replies: 49
Views: 6286

Re: The temple word.

Ben there are quite a few literary devices, I think, which require the reader to fill in missing information. Absolutely. But none of those devices seems to fit what we actually find in Mark; yours is simply one of that set. That's the beauty of "seems." It's what makes horse races. Okay, you say t...
by Paul the Uncertain
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The temple word.
Replies: 49
Views: 6286

Re: The temple word.

Ben Oh, it is more than a suspicion... OK, lest we go too far down the road of analyzing a modern cartoon, our topical issue was whether or not there was a craftwork-level device available to Mark. There was. Could I give an example besides Genesis 3:1-3? Yes, I could. Once we "get" the joke, there...
by Paul the Uncertain
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The temple word.
Replies: 49
Views: 6286

Re: The temple word.

Ben Thagomizer is a searchable term. On information and belief, Larson hasn't licensed his work for the web. Google, however, is your friend, and saying so can't get Peter into any DMCA issues. We are not told why the anatomical feature of the Stegosaurus is called a thagomizer, nor what specificall...
by Paul the Uncertain
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The temple word.
Replies: 49
Views: 6286

Re: The temple word.

Ben What I am wondering is what would distinguish this literary device you are describing from sloppy writing. For one thing, I recognize that it is a device. Cartoonist Gary Larson is famous for his frequent use of it. Larson is revered as a successful communicator. Why would I diss Mark for somet...
by Paul the Uncertain
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The temple word.
Replies: 49
Views: 6286

Re: The temple word.

soberxp Thank you! Ben Thank you for your reply. In my post, I meant "the point" in the sense of the chief feature that distinguishes this literary device from other literary devices. That is, the audience learns that something relevant to the story happened which they haven't been shown, can infer ...
by Paul the Uncertain
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The temple word.
Replies: 49
Views: 6286

Re: The temple word.

I think you are right that something in relation to Mark 14:57-59 was problematic and that there was something going on. On the other hand, it seems possible that Mark 14:58 itself was the problem and not an original saying behind it. Obviously, Matthew had a problem with Mark 14:58 in the sense of...
by Paul the Uncertain
Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Pilate and Josephus
Replies: 193
Views: 11210

Re: Pilate and Josephus

''apostolic succession' and its '' tradition of interpretation that supplements the core writing ' might have had, at one time, some relevance... I think you and I might agree that the uses of apostolic succession claims would change with time. For Irenaeus and his contemporaries, I think it might ...