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by Ged
Tue May 23, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: New Testament Apocrypha Question
Replies: 4
Views: 3640

Re: New Testament Apocrypha Question

Most is of no value for me because it is to late to carry historicity, the Pauline text and gospel text carry the most value for the origins of Christianity, and it is very very weak as it is, let alone later writing by people even further removed from any events. The value of these later text is i...
by Ged
Tue May 23, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: New Testament Apocrypha Question
Replies: 4
Views: 3640

New Testament Apocrypha Question

Early writings This link is good, but I'm hoping I don't have to read them all. :whistling: Can anyone tell me if the New Testament Apocrypha has any date information? Clues to what year certain events took place - things like Pilates actions, Jesus' crucifixion, Pentecost, conversion of Cornelius ...
by Ged
Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Mummy Mask Manuscript Might Mean More Metaphorical Mark?
Replies: 46
Views: 14976

Re: Mummy Mask Manuscript Might Mean More Metaphorical Mark?

The date is worthless unless there are clear external factors (a shopping list in the mask from 80 AD, an edict that eliminated new mummy masks at 90 AD). We know that terminus ad quem dates for manuscripts are notoriously unreliable. Think the papers of Brent Nongbri, think Codex Sinaiticus. Basic...
by Ged
Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Mummy Mask Manuscript Might Mean More Metaphorical Mark?
Replies: 46
Views: 14976

Re: Mummy Mask Manuscript Might Mean More Metaphorical Mark?

The publication was supposed to have been delayed, because several other fragments are being studied with the intention is to publish them all together in book form. So we will have to wait to see the fragment itself. But sounds like it will be significant either way.
by Ged
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Was Revelation before the first Gospel?
Replies: 8
Views: 4593

Re: Was Revelation before the first Gospel?

When used in prophetic scripture, the 1260 days, 42 months, and 3 1/2 years refers symbolically to the completion of a set period of time. I think the imagery is drawn from an ancient calendar formula which always completed the last half of a heptad of years with a count of 1260 or 1290 days.
by Ged
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Was Revelation before the first Gospel?
Replies: 8
Views: 4593

Re: Was Revelation before the first Gospel?

Just a comment on 42 months versus 1260 days. These are in fact the same time frame. The writer is speaking in terms of the ideal Mesopotamian calendar of twelve 30-day months. This tells us the writing is symbolic, as we'd expect in this dreamscape like book. An example of the use of such a calend...
by Ged
Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why did no New Testament books mention AD70?
Replies: 64
Views: 14713

Re: Why did no New Testament books mention AD70?

I forgot to reply to this question. Are there any Roman records of the Jewish wars apart from Josephus? Yes, Tacitus has a less extensive but important account. There is at least incidental mention in other Roman literature, as well (and beyond that, archaeology, etc.). However, some of his contemp...
by Ged
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why did no New Testament books mention AD70?
Replies: 64
Views: 14713

Re: Why did no New Testament books mention AD70?

Start with Acts, since you get Level 1 Symbolism that wears its Symbolism on its sleeve. BTW, Tacitus is ALL OVER the Book of Acts. Acts 3 introduces the 12th Legion. The 12th is crippled and beat up. Acts 5 tells of Sapphira and Annanias, ciphers for Messilina and her lover, Silius. Big Joke : "Ha...
by Ged
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: 3-Year Ministry Timeline of Jesus
Replies: 343
Views: 56656

Re: 3-Year Ministry Timeline of Jesus

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by Ged
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why did no New Testament books mention AD70?
Replies: 64
Views: 14713

Re: Why did no New Testament books mention AD70?

Stuart wrote:... To speak directly about it would upset the timeline laid out (e.g., Acts 21:6) ...


Did you mean to write 21:6? Also, when do you date Acts? Are you saying that Acts was a fictional timeline written in the Bar Kokhba period?