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by Ben C. Smith
Thu May 21, 2015 4:32 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A lengthy note on Hebrews 7.14 (sprung from Judah).
Replies: 56
Views: 33631

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

For me, factoring in the DSS (even if they aren't directly tied to Christianity) is like looking at Christianity through the front end of the telescope instead of the back. I have often had the same feeling. In this particular case, there may still be some smudges on the lens, since things are stil...
by Ben C. Smith
Thu May 21, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A lengthy note on Hebrews 7.14 (sprung from Judah).
Replies: 56
Views: 33631

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

reminds me of the Christ hymn in Philippians, in which what seems to me to be the most natural reading makes Jesus the name above all names, bestowed upon him at his exaltation. Glad that it's not just kooks like me and Robert Price that think so. ;) I think I found it in Couchoud originally. Ben.
by Ben C. Smith
Thu May 21, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A lengthy note on Hebrews 7.14 (sprung from Judah).
Replies: 56
Views: 33631

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

Possibly some relevant notes. http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/gopher/other/journals/kraftpub/Christianity/Joshua http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/gopher/other/courses/rels/535/4.%20Articles/Joshua%20Messianology%20%28RAK%29 Thanks, Peter. I love that stuff. The notion that the name Jesus itself is pregnant with...
by Ben C. Smith
Thu May 21, 2015 10:32 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Greek perfect tense
Replies: 19
Views: 6133

Re: Greek perfect tense

Bernard Muller wrote:In conclusion, I have to withdraw my initial claim, even if I have some chances to be right.
I appreciate your intellectual honesty.

Ben.
by Ben C. Smith
Wed May 20, 2015 5:49 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Greek perfect tense
Replies: 19
Views: 6133

Re: Greek perfect tense

Correct me with evidence if you can (or anyone else who knows ancient Greek), but don't use the English perfect tense in order to do that: it is irrelevant. Mark 4.29 is another good example: But when the crop permits he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come [ παρεστηκεν ]. H...
by Ben C. Smith
Wed May 20, 2015 4:34 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Greek perfect tense
Replies: 19
Views: 6133

Re: Greek perfect tense

I cannot accept that the "endured" action could be repeated or is on-going when or before the epistle was written. I think the ancient Greek perfect tense simply does not allow that. As for in the future, it is my opinion, that if an author uses the perfect tense, he is not anticipating that past a...
by Ben C. Smith
Tue May 19, 2015 3:26 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A lengthy note on Hebrews 7.14 (sprung from Judah).
Replies: 56
Views: 33631

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

I can't refute either of these, though David comes sort of kind of close to imputing dishonesty to the writer. Oh, I wouldn't call the author "dishonest," anymore than those commonly thought to have authored the so called deuteron-canonical Pauline letters were "dishonest". I would call all of this...
by Ben C. Smith
Tue May 19, 2015 5:35 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A brief note on Hebrews 9.27-28 (an interpolation?).
Replies: 3
Views: 2529

Re: A brief note on Hebrews 9.27-28 (an interpolation?).

I can't find anything on this, but it makes a lot of sense. I would also suggest that 10:1 continues the argument more smoothly if 9.27–28 are interpolated. I looked for more on this, as well. It may be a Bernard original. (Bernard, I know you must be reading this.... Is this your own idea? Or did ...
by Ben C. Smith
Tue May 19, 2015 4:53 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A lengthy note on Hebrews 7.14 (sprung from Judah).
Replies: 56
Views: 33631

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

You are even more thick-headed than Pete Brown and almost as delusional. If either of you had any human companionship to speak of I doubt we'd have seen either of you participating at this forum. But then again I bet anyone who'd want to date you would have to prove their unconditional devotion to ...
by Ben C. Smith
Mon May 18, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A lengthy note on Hebrews 7.14 (sprung from Judah).
Replies: 56
Views: 33631

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

YES, YES, YES for your first sentence. But I do not think Paul had "seen" the Lord or had revelations from above. It was Paul's invention (or trick if you prefer) in order to buttress his badly needed credentials as an (avant garde) apostle. Fair enough, but I was not offering my own assessment of ...