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by Nasruddin
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Satan gave man love. Was it worth the hate?
Replies: 11
Views: 11491

Re: Satan gave man love. Was it worth the hate?

Where does it say that Good and Evil (or Love and Hate) did not exist before the serpent enticed Eve? It was the Knowledge of Good and Evil that Eve discovered through the help of the serpent (who is not defined as Satan in the Old Testament), not the ability to perform good or evil itself. Once Eve...
by Nasruddin
Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How Could Symeon be James the Just's Successor on the Episcopal Throne of Jerusalem if He was Crucified Under Trajan?
Replies: 100
Views: 36676

Re: How Could Symeon be James the Just's Successor on the Episcopal Throne of Jerusalem if He was Crucified Under Trajan

Since the OP was stimulated by taking the dates indicated in Epiphanius as reliable, perhaps the rest of Epiphanius' chronology could be looked at in reference to the bishop list. Epiphanius agrees with Eusebius in placing Symeon’s death under Trajan. But he then lists another 6 bishops who seemingl...
by Nasruddin
Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How Could Symeon be James the Just's Successor on the Episcopal Throne of Jerusalem if He was Crucified Under Trajan?
Replies: 100
Views: 36676

Re: How Could Symeon be James the Just's Successor on the Episcopal Throne of Jerusalem if He was Crucified Under Trajan

Ok. You've obviously not read the thread. The difficulty is with Symeon taking over c. 60 CE and the way the death is referenced by Epiphanius during Trajan while listing other heads of the Church in the interim. I read the thread. My post says there is no problem with the amount of names squeezed ...
by Nasruddin
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:43 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Sparta Testament
Replies: 1
Views: 5271

Re: Sparta Testament

Primogeniture was never a fast rule in the Bible. Seth, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Judah, Saul, David, Solomon etc, were not eldest sons. This is the case whether or not the father had succeeded to any title or position. Even Jesus, as the son of Joseph and a descendant of King David was n...
by Nasruddin
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How Could Symeon be James the Just's Successor on the Episcopal Throne of Jerusalem if He was Crucified Under Trajan?
Replies: 100
Views: 36676

Re: How Could Symeon be James the Just's Successor on the Episcopal Throne of Jerusalem if He was Crucified Under Trajan

There is no problem with the list. There is no evidence that the men who succeeded to the leadership of the Jerusalem church were young men, nor that they held the position for life. Succession might have favoured the more elderly due to concepts of wisdom or that they knew Jesus and his disciples p...
by Nasruddin
Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is Peter the father of Judas Iscariot?
Replies: 12
Views: 11248

Re: Is Peter the father of Judas Iscariot?

Jesus had another disciple called Simon - Simon the Zealot/the Canaanite. He also had Simon the Leper/the Pharisee as his follower (the father of Mary, Martha and Lazarus). Then there is Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and Rufus), and Simon the Tanner of Jaffa whom Peter knew, and Simon the...
by Nasruddin
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Who were the "others" coming to John the Baptist?
Replies: 7
Views: 3725

Re: Who were the "others" coming to John the Baptist?

I undertstand the possibility of a "realistic" interpretation of the account on JtB in Josephus along the same lines described by David, but the pattern is surprisingly similar to the irrational reaction of Herod when the Magi (just as the "others" in Josephus) came to him searching for a rival Mes...
by Nasruddin
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Who were the "others" coming to John the Baptist?
Replies: 7
Views: 3725

Re: Who were the "others" coming to John the Baptist?

That being said, I think that John was attracting a following, first among repentant Jews (and this might have included Judeans of the Diaspora who had been able to retire to the homeland) and later among hot-heads, who were able to use John's sermons to raise the specter of rebellion. That was the...
by Nasruddin
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Who were the "others" coming to John the Baptist?
Replies: 7
Views: 3725

Re: Who were the "others" coming to John the Baptist?

John's followers were those he taught to lead a a life of justice and piety, and were baptised as a sign that they were righteous souls.. The 'others' were those who were aroused by his sermons, but did not follow his ascetic lifestyle. They were the ones Herod feared, for they would act upon the wo...
by Nasruddin
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Hebrews (Spartans)
Replies: 1
Views: 3588

Re: Hebrews (Spartans)

Josephus, in Book 1 of his Antiquities, wrote; “Cleodemus the prophet, who was also called Malchus, who wrote a History of the Jews, in agreement with the History of Moses, their legislator, relates, that there were many sons born to Abraham by Keturah: nay, he names three of them, Apher, and Surim,...