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by StephenGoranson
Mon Jun 22, 2015 4:18 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A Summary History of Christian Origins?
Replies: 62
Views: 24371

Re: A Summary History of Christian Origins?

Maybe off topic. Peter Kirby wrote: "(There is a saying that you cannot reason a man out of opinions that he wasn't reasoned into.)" That interested me, and I saw online attributions to Jonathan Swift. In case it's of interest, maybe this is a rewording of his: "...are not be reformed by arguments o...
by StephenGoranson
Wed Jun 10, 2015 6:00 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Identity of Celsus and His "Jew"
Replies: 55
Views: 18871

Re: The Identity of Celsus and His "Jew"

In case it's of interest, when I wrote my mentioned article (now online) "Celsus of Pergamum: Locating a Critic of Early Christianity" I assumed (as Origen did too?) that Celsus wrote the portions presented as being from a Jewish point of view. Later (2013) Maren Niehoff published an article that cl...
by StephenGoranson
Sun May 31, 2015 4:53 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Identity of Celsus and His "Jew"
Replies: 55
Views: 18871

Re: The Identity of Celsus and His "Jew"

Hi Andrew and all. Lucian's Celsus (perhaps partly distinct from a 'literary construct" suggested by Clay pp. 3440-1?) may not have been a committed Epicurean. At the (later?) time of writing of Alethes Logos, Celsus may not (any longer?) have been a committed Epicurean (as Origen guessed) or may ha...
by StephenGoranson
Sat May 30, 2015 4:23 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Identity of Celsus and His "Jew"
Replies: 55
Views: 18871

Re: Did Celsus and His "Jew" Offer Different Arguments?

If it is of interest, I wrote about the identity of Celsus and the Jewish character and Asclepius in a publication now online, searchable: "Celsus of Pergamum: Locating a Critic of Early Christianity," Ch. 30 in The Archaeology of Difference: Gender, Ethnicity, Class and the "Other" in Antiquity: St...
by StephenGoranson
Thu May 28, 2015 4:16 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Ante-Nicene Pilgrimage Sites
Replies: 2
Views: 2072

Re: Ante-Nicene Pilgrimage Sites

Though I don't have a copy at hand, Joan E. Taylor's 1993 book Christians and the Holy Places might be worth a look. Her views changed somewhat in her article "Golgotha: A Reconsideration of the Evidence for the Sites of Jesus' Crucifixion and Burial" New Testament Studies, 44 no 2 Ap 1998, p 180-20...
by StephenGoranson
Wed May 13, 2015 1:22 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: New discovered Roman amulet mixes Christian and pagan imager
Replies: 16
Views: 11196

Re: New discovered Roman amulet mixes Christian and pagan im

MAGICAL AMULET FROM PAPHOS WITH THE ιαεω- PALINDROME.
By: Śliwa, Joachim. Studies in Ancient Art & Civilization , 2013, Vol. 17, p293-301, 9p
by StephenGoranson
Tue May 12, 2015 2:50 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: History of the Jews in Babylonia (non Sabbath version)
Replies: 3
Views: 4444

Re: History of the Jews in Babylonia (non Sabbath version)

In a 2010 interview Jacob Neusner remarked "As I grow older I return to my Reform roots from childhood." But he was advised to go to (and did go to) Jewish Theological Seminary (near Columbia U., where he was Morton Smith's student), so his ordination was Conservative. I have not read the book menti...
by StephenGoranson
Wed Apr 08, 2015 3:45 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Jewish names in the first century?
Replies: 7
Views: 6702

Re: Jewish names in the first century?

Tal Ilan (in Lexicon of Jewish Names in Late Antiquity. Part I, Palestine 330 BCE-200 CE [2002] page 56 Table 6) lists the 20 most popular male names. Here are the top 10 (with the number of times): 1 Simon (257), 2 Joseph (231), 3 Judah (179), 4 Eleazar (177), 5 Yohanan (128), 6 Joshua (103), 7 Han...
by StephenGoranson
Thu Apr 02, 2015 2:29 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Jewish names in the first century?
Replies: 7
Views: 6702

Re: Jewish names in the first century?

Recommended: Tal Ilan, Lexicon of Jewish Names in Late Antiquity. Part I, Palestine 330 BCE-200 CE (2002).
by StephenGoranson
Thu Apr 02, 2015 2:26 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Was Jesus an Essene?
Replies: 162
Views: 66054

Re: Was Jesus an Essene?

If interested, for comments on the Hebrew etymology of Essenes see online "Others and Intra-Jewish Polemic as Reflected in Qumran Texts" (=The Dead Sea Scrolls After Fifty Years: A Comprehensive Assessment v.2, pp. 534-51, ed. P. Flint and J. C. VanderKam, Leiden: Brill, 1999) For comments on an Ara...