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by neilgodfrey
Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Joseph and Osiris/Serapis
Replies: 31
Views: 7238

Re: Joseph and Osiris/Serapis

We just need to beware of Parallelomania : In historical analysis, biblical criticism and comparative mythology, parallelomania refers to a phenomenon (mania) where authors perceive apparent similarities and construct parallels and analogies allegedly without historical basis. You like the definiti...
by neilgodfrey
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Top suspects that could have invented the historical Jesus?
Replies: 127
Views: 33921

Re: Top suspects that could have invented the historical Jesus?

Proof-texting was the term I was looking for in my initial post. Each side has its list of "proof-texts" or "dot points" to rebut the other case and buttress their own. It's an elaborate form of fundamentalist-style arguments, each with its briefcase of proofs and arguments to make their case. One s...
by neilgodfrey
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Top suspects that could have invented the historical Jesus?
Replies: 127
Views: 33921

The Social Chit Chat Method of Biblical Studies Debates

. . . the only way to make this work is either to have some of the least parsimonious interpretations of Rom. 1:3, Gal. 1:18-19 and 4:4-5, 1 Thess. 2:14-16, and others or to adhere to unsubstantiated interpolation theories which have been thoroughly rebutted by academics of all kinds ... i.e. we ca...
by neilgodfrey
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Tinker Tailor Soldier Forger
Replies: 202
Views: 32474

Re: Tinker Tailor Soldier Forger

Thanks for these links and directions!
by neilgodfrey
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:06 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Proofs That Jesus Existed
Replies: 355
Views: 209798

Re: Proofs That Jesus Existed

(4) If Jesus was betrayed by someone, anyone, even Bueller, than Jesus existed.
This is question-begging. To hypothesize that Jesus was betrayed is to begin with the assumption that he existed.
by neilgodfrey
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:01 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Quest of the mythical Jesus available online
Replies: 39
Views: 1541

Re: Quest of the mythical Jesus available online

Hi Giuseppe. You wrote: René Salm has read only few photocopies of his book, for his same admission, but I have his entire book on the Mandeans, and he says expressly how Jesus was invented when he talks about the Christian origins. Do you know where one can purchase or borrow Stahl's book? Salm cit...
by neilgodfrey
Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Tinker Tailor Soldier Forger
Replies: 202
Views: 32474

Re: Tinker Tailor Soldier Forger

or What George Smiley Taught Me About Secret Mark: Lessons From John Le Carre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. A wonderful discussion, Ken. Very thought-provoking. But I am reluctant to take time to wade through 19 pages of the ensuing discussion (esp seeing the tone of the initial responses) so wonder...
by neilgodfrey
Sat Jun 20, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why crucifixion?
Replies: 77
Views: 75545

Re: Why crucifixion?

For the purposes of this thread, assume that there is/was no historical Jesus who was crucified and then thought to be the Messiah or the Son of God or whatnot. The notion, then, that the Messiah or the Son of God had to be crucified must have come from some other source than historical misfortune....
by neilgodfrey
Mon Apr 13, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: a biography of John the Baptist as solution of an apparent dilemma
Replies: 28
Views: 7355

Re: a biography of John the Baptist as solution of an apparent dilemma

The most obvious answer to how Elizabeth knew the son's name was to be John was that her husband told her -- the same scene tells us that he was well able to communicate by writing!
by neilgodfrey
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The name that is above every name
Replies: 12
Views: 15744

Re: The name that is above every name

Any quest to identify the "name above all names" ought to consider the contribution of the classicist John Moles. The pdf link is at https://research.ncl.ac.uk/histos/documents/2011104MolesJesustheHealer11782.pdf (On Histos: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/histos/Histos_BackIssues2011.html) I discussed h...