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by ficino
Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Eastman on martyrdoms of Peter and Paul
Replies: 2
Views: 2314

Re: Eastman on martyrdoms of Peter and Paul

Fascinating article, David, thanks for posting it! It's been a very long time since I've read Clement of Rome. Much in this paper was new to me. What is ZAC - Zeitschrift fur Antike und Christentum? After reading the article, two issues pop into mind: 1. Eastman takes no notice of Otto Zwierlein's a...
by ficino
Mon Aug 03, 2015 9:09 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Eastman on martyrdoms of Peter and Paul
Replies: 2
Views: 2314

Eastman on martyrdoms of Peter and Paul

Has anyone seen this yet, and if so, is it any good?

Eastman, David L. The ancient martyrdom accounts of Peter and Paul. Writings from the Greco-Roman world, 39. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015. xxv, 469 p. $59.95 (pb). ISBN 9781628370904
by ficino
Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:47 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Myth vs History and the "Boundary of Certainty"
Replies: 20
Views: 10932

Re: Myth vs History and the "Boundary of Certainty"

The evidence for ancient Christianity comes in two flavors: literary and documentary. That's it. You've got your books and you got your relics. That's what we go by. For the second century, it's almost entirely books....... Thank you for your extremely informative and relevant reply. seconded Andre...
by ficino
Thu Jul 30, 2015 4:21 pm
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: New 3rd Century Papyrus Discovered (re Gothic Invasions)
Replies: 5
Views: 8402

Re: New 3rd Century Papyrus Discovered (re Gothic Invasions)

Your reply makes no sense. In the attached article, it is stated on p. 29, n. 2, that the writing material is parchment. So this is not papyrus.
by ficino
Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: New 3rd Century Papyrus Discovered (re Gothic Invasions)
Replies: 5
Views: 8402

Re: New 3rd Century Papyrus Discovered (re Gothic Invasions)

Very interesting, thanks for the link.

I think you mean "palimpsest" not "papyrus," no? From the attached article, it looks as though the find concerns the undertext of parchment leaves, which had been washed and overwritten in the 11th century.
by ficino
Thu Jul 23, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: Muslim Texts and History
Topic: Koran may be older than Mohammed
Replies: 21
Views: 39291

Re: Koran may be older than Mohammed

"Saud al-Sarhan, the director of research at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, said he doubted that the manuscript found in Birmingham was as old as the researchers claimed, noting that its Arabic script included dots and separated chapters — features t...
by ficino
Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: Some Notes on Plato
Replies: 8
Views: 10545

Re: Some Notes on Plato

Plato Phil., Respublica Stephanus page 516, section a, line 8 This seems to definitely say that the realm of the really real ideas (called a pattern here) can be called heaven: “Well,” said I, “perhaps there is a pattern2 [ παράδειγμα ] of it laid up in heaven ( ἐν οὐρανῷ ) for him who wishes to co...
by ficino
Sun May 31, 2015 10:30 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Making sense of Hebrews 7
Replies: 13
Views: 6418

Re: Making sense of Hebrews 7

The Greek term ἀγενεαλόγητος ( without genealogy ), on the other hand, is exceedingly rare. (It may , in fact, appear only here in ancient Greek literature. So much for figuring out its exact meaning by analogy from other instances.) Just did a quickie search of the TLG. Of 152 instances of this ad...
by ficino
Fri May 29, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A lengthy note on Hebrews 7.14 (sprung from Judah).
Replies: 56
Views: 22531

Re: A lengthy note on Hebrews 7.14 (sprung from Judah).

Also a bit weird is that parenthetical remark of his that Genesis never states what tribe Melchizedek may have been from. Why the tribe that Melchizedek may have been from should ever even surface as a question or issue is a puzzle to me, as Melchizedek is portrayed as a contemporary of Abraham, a ...
by ficino
Tue May 26, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: Origin of the Christian doctrine of eternal torment
Replies: 7
Views: 15331

Re: Origin of the Christian doctrine of eternal torment

When I went to an exhibit of 18th and 19th century Japanese prints last week, I discovered that in their branch of Buddhism, there is an eternal hell, replete with various macabre torments. Japan had been closed to the West for some 200 years by that point. Assuming that the Buddhist hell goes back ...