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by Paul the Uncertain
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Many will come in my name.
Replies: 35
Views: 700

Re: Many will come in my name.

neil Is "Mark" interested in compiling historical information of warnings for times and persons long past by the time he is writing or is he interested in passing on warnings that are relevant to his readers at the time he is writing? Of course we know nothing about the person "Mark," and so cannot...
by Paul the Uncertain
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Many will come in my name.
Replies: 35
Views: 700

Re: Many will come in my name.

As is often the case, one can find a root idea in the epistles of Paul which then enjoys development in Mark. 2 Corinthians 11:12-15 12 And what I do I will continue to do, in order to end this pretext of those who seek a pretext for being regarded as we are in the mission of which they boast. 13 Fo...
by Paul the Uncertain
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What is the real relationship between the Testamonium and the stories of Paulina and Fulvia?
Replies: 7
Views: 173

Re: What is the real relationship between the Testamonium and the stories of Paulina and Fulvia?

Thank you for the very detailed answer to my questions. I am a simpler soul. I don't believe P&M is a true story, but I don't think it was hand crafted to parallel Christian concerns, either. I'm not even sure Josephus would be interested enough in Christianity to go to that much trouble. Neverthele...
by Paul the Uncertain
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What is the real relationship between the Testamonium and the stories of Paulina and Fulvia?
Replies: 7
Views: 173

Re: What is the real relationship between the Testamonium and the stories of Paulina and Fulvia?

Just out of curiosity, do you think Paulina and Mundus is a true story, or substantially so? Also, what do you make of the complete absence of Josephus "connecting the dots" between the two expelled groups? By that I mean that there's no disclosure in the recieved Josephus that Egyptian-religion adh...
by Paul the Uncertain
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What is the real relationship between the Testamonium and the stories of Paulina and Fulvia?
Replies: 7
Views: 173

Re: What is the real relationship between the Testamonium and the stories of Paulina and Fulvia?

A while ago, I wrote about Paulina and Mundus. https://uncertaintist.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/josephus-and-jesus-i-the-shifty-seduction-of-paulina/ In brief compass, I think it and the much shorter and sketchier expulsion story belong about 600 words earlier, with the death of Germanicus, an event f...
by Paul the Uncertain
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Let the reader understand... Again
Replies: 81
Views: 1339

Re: Let the reader understand... Again

Hi, Ben Thanks for the reply. Ironically, a second instance of a direction would help my case in the topic question. I pass on it anyway. What I am assuming is that case follows the function of the noun in its phrase, while number and gender are invariant attributes of that to which the participle r...
by Paul the Uncertain
Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Let the reader understand... Again
Replies: 81
Views: 1339

Re: Let the reader understand... Again

neil I am less persuaded than you that Mark 7:19 is an aside or direction. I agree that Mark's Jesus placing himself above Mosaic law is an important character trait (dramatized in the character's speech about divorce, where Jesus explains Moses' motives and then overrules him, 10:4-9, without obvi...
by Paul the Uncertain
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Let the reader understand... Again
Replies: 81
Views: 1339

Re: Let the reader understand... Again

On a point arising, Does anyone yet understand what the feeding of the 5000 and then the 4000 had to do with the "leaven of the Pharisees"? In the story, the disciples have yet again failed to ask Jesus what he's talking about. In this case, on their very own, they have "worked out" that Jesus' war...
by Paul the Uncertain
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How does the mythical Jesus thing hang together?
Replies: 107
Views: 2053

Re: How does the mythical Jesus thing hang together?

Peter Full marks for a lovely and heady celebration of uncertainty. Assuming Carrier actually is a Bayesian, then his trajectory of belief was from a hypothetical initial belief in the 30's, to a final interval estimate that included his initial estimate. In Bayesian terms, then, the bearing of all...
by Paul the Uncertain
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How does the mythical Jesus thing hang together?
Replies: 107
Views: 2053

Re: How does the mythical Jesus thing hang together?

neil We more or less rely upon the ABC news service because of what we know about the provenance or nature of the ABC. We give less weight to a source that is unknown or whose provenance cannot be established or whose record has proven it to be questionable. So far as I know, ABC is not a source of...