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by rakovsky
Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The mystery of the mark of the Beast, 666/616, is solved and it proves I am right about Hadrian
Replies: 39
Views: 41792

Re: The mystery of the mark of the Beast, 666/616, is solved and it proves I am right about Hadrian

So what is your issue? The context gives you the answer as to how ἀνθρώπου should be interpreted. It's referring, specifically, to the Beast, singular, who issues the mark, and his name is 666/616. Sure. My theory is that it refers to both the gematrial number of a particular man, like you said, an...
by rakovsky
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The mystery of the mark of the Beast, 666/616, is solved and it proves I am right about Hadrian
Replies: 39
Views: 41792

Re: The mystery of the mark of the Beast, 666/616, is solved and it proves I am right about Hadrian

All of the translations I looked up, (ESV, KJV, ASV, NIV), translate ἀνθρώπου as "a man" , singular. Sure, that's common. Others go: Pulpit Commentary: It is the "number of man;" that is, it describes symbolically something which is peculiarly a characteristic of mankind. Some writers have understo...
by rakovsky
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The mystery of the mark of the Beast, 666/616, is solved and it proves I am right about Hadrian
Replies: 39
Views: 41792

Re: The mystery of the mark of the Beast, 666/616, is solved and it proves I am right about Hadrian

I don't understand what your overall rebuff is. First you argue that man is generic, referring to mankind, then you argue that man is specific, referring to one individual, the antichrist. The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak...
by rakovsky
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The mystery of the mark of the Beast, 666/616, is solved and it proves I am right about Hadrian
Replies: 39
Views: 41792

Re: The mystery of the mark of the Beast, 666/616, is solved and it proves I am right about Hadrian

Revelation 13:18 literally says: 18. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of man ; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. It does not actually say that it is the number of "a man" like it is often translated. This is misleadi...
by rakovsky
Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The mystery of the mark of the Beast, 666/616, is solved and it proves I am right about Hadrian
Replies: 39
Views: 41792

Re: The mystery of the mark of the Beast, 666/616, is solved and it proves I am right about Hadrian

Revelation 13:18 literally says: 18. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of man ; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. It does not actually say that it is the number of "a man" like it is often translated. The verse is impl...
by rakovsky
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: EPISTLE TO THE LAODICEANS (1st-4th century) Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 8198

Re: EPISTLE TO THE LAODICEANS (1st-4th century) Questions

Ben, In your list, the Church fathers made a good point that Paul referred to the letter "from" Laodicea, not to a letter "to" Laodicea. One option therefore is that someone in Laodicea wrote a letter to the Colossians. I suppose that besides options A-C that I gave in the OP, there is also an optio...
by rakovsky
Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: TESTAMENT OF ADAM (1st - 4th c.) Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 14090

Re: TESTAMENT OF ADAM (1st - 4th c.) Questions

Very good research by both of you.
by rakovsky
Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: MARTYRDOM AND ASCENSION OF ISAIAH (1st - early 3rd century AD) Questions
Replies: 13
Views: 20921

Re: MARTYRDOM AND ASCENSION OF ISAIAH (1st - early 3rd century AD) Questions

For Question 5 (What do you make of the differences between the Ascension of Isaiah and the gospels' Nativity story: No Annunciation, surprise at the child's divinity, no persecution or wise men?), just because the text doesn't mention some parts of the Nativity story doesn't necessarily mean that t...
by rakovsky
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Early to mid 2nd c. works on Christianity missing from our forum's website
Replies: 55
Views: 66165

Re: Early to mid 2nd c. works on Christianity missing from our forum's website

The Coptic/Gnostic Apocalypse of Peter must be dated to 140-333 AD because: 1) The reference to Hermas could be to the Shepherd of Hermas because it may be criticizing the Shepherd of Hermas as a forgery made in the name of Hermas who was dead at the time of the 1st century Hermas. The Gnostic Apoc...