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by Jax
Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Presumptions of reader knowledge in Mark.
Replies: 117
Views: 76749

Re: Presumptions of reader knowledge in Mark.

You know... It occurres to me to wonder. Usually it is supposed that "Mark" was writing to groups of Christians, but what if s/he was just writing to one person? A patron perhaps, who was a fellow Christian follower of Paul's letters and had a library that included the LXX, works of Homer, and a new...
by Jax
Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Gospel of Marcion Cannot Have Been Derived from the Gospel of Mark
Replies: 155
Views: 70146

Re: The Gospel of Marcion Cannot Have Been Derived from the Gospel of Mark

I find myself wondering, Mark seems to have been added to as well as John and Luke. But what about Matthew? What is the general consensus concerning that text? If Matthew was written as a correction of Mark, then what would it matter if at some later date Matthew was additionally corrected? And if ...
by Jax
Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Gospel of Marcion Cannot Have Been Derived from the Gospel of Mark
Replies: 155
Views: 70146

Re: The Gospel of Marcion Cannot Have Been Derived from the Gospel of Mark

I find myself wondering, Mark seems to have been added to as well as John and Luke. But what about Matthew? What is the general consensus concerning that text?
by Jax
Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:11 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Understanding the Christian Story
Replies: 24
Views: 7191

Re: Understanding the Christian Story

trying too hard to make sense of the apologetics and polemic ravings of Tertullian and his ilk. But what else is there? Is Acts really a superior source of information? Let me give you an example. I've read in various sources that one explanation for the Galatians-first canon in Irenaeus and Tertul...
by Jax
Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: On Jerome's Identification of "Galatians" to Mean Newly Initiated
Replies: 5
Views: 1830

Re: On Jerome's Identification of "Galatians" to Mean Newly Initiated

Very interesting SA. I always wondered why that letter had no city named in it.
by Jax
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dating Paul and his Letters
Replies: 28
Views: 12508

Re: Dating Paul and his Letters

Yes, the districts existed, but the full thought originated with Andrew Criddle many moons ago, and it focuses on the way in which Paul refers to Achaea and Macedonia as distinct regions, with Corinth as a prominent place in Achaea in particular (refer to 2 Corinthians 9.1-2, for example), suggesti...
by Jax
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dating Paul and his Letters
Replies: 28
Views: 12508

Re: Dating Paul and his Letters

Corinth was refounded in 44 BC. The mention of "Caesar's household" in Philippians 4.22, of Achaea and Macedonia as distinct regions in 2 Corinthians 9.1-2, and of Illyricum in Romans 15.18-19 suggests 27 BC as a more specific terminus post quem . I would be interested in your take on Lane's attemp...
by Jax
Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dating Paul and his Letters
Replies: 28
Views: 12508

Re: Dating Paul and his Letters

Reliable internal time-markers for dating Paul’s letters are lacking. Paul’s story in 2 Corinthians of his escape from the ethnarch in Damascus under a King Aretas is fraught with uncertainties. Using broader time markers, one might place Paul’s letters between the restoration of Corinth in the mid...
by Jax
Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dating Paul and his Letters
Replies: 28
Views: 12508

Re: Dating Paul and his Letters

Reliable internal time-markers for dating Paul’s letters are lacking. Paul’s story in 2 Corinthians of his escape from the ethnarch in Damascus under a King Aretas is fraught with uncertainties. Using broader time markers, one might place Paul’s letters between the restoration of Corinth in the mid...
by Jax
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE
Replies: 41
Views: 44046

Re: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE

https://i.imgur.com/x49vOjR.jpg While I suspect that many of you here are certain that I am completely bonkers, I am presenting a new look at my updated whiteboard for anyone who might find it interesting. If Paul is in the 1st century BCE then here is my take on it…... First of all, I feel that th...