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by Jax
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE
Replies: 35
Views: 13347

Re: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE

Opps. Forgot about this question. Philippians 3.2-7 has always stuck out for me, simply because of its sudden thematic relation to Galatians and Romans. Not sure about the rest. What stands out for you? What are the issues? Really also just 3:2-7. The language in it just doesn't sound right to me. ...
by Jax
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE
Replies: 35
Views: 13347

Re: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE

Opps. Forgot about this question. Philippians 3.2-7 has always stuck out for me, simply because of its sudden thematic relation to Galatians and Romans. Not sure about the rest. What stands out for you? What are the issues? Really also just 3:2-7. The language in it just doesn't sound right to me. ...
by Jax
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE
Replies: 35
Views: 13347

Re: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE

Herod the Great: During Herod’s rise to power, his personal army consisted of Jews as well as bands of foreign mercenaries. Rome also loaned Herod the use of three legions to help him expel the Parthian invaders and their puppet king, the Hasmonean prince Antigonus. But by the time of Jesus’ birth,...
by Jax
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE
Replies: 35
Views: 13347

Re: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE

Good question. Maybe two independent compilations by different compilers? Maybe combining the two would have made the length unwieldy? Maybe an attempt to keep two letters in play because of 2 Corinthians 7.8? Then again, 1 Corinthians 5.9 apparently did not inspire a similar maneuver. Not sure. I ...
by Jax
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE
Replies: 35
Views: 13347

Re: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE

Well well well.... I may have been poorly informed. In a previous post in this thread I said.. or his (Paul's) use of military imagery and terminology, even to the point of referring to a coworker as a fellow soldier, even though a Jewish man in the 1st century would have very little opportunity to ...
by Jax
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE
Replies: 35
Views: 13347

Re: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE

Opps. Forgot about this question.
Philippians 3.2-7 has always stuck out for me, simply because of its sudden thematic relation to Galatians and Romans. Not sure about the rest. What stands out for you? What are the issues?
Really also just 3:2-7. The language in it just doesn't sound right to me.
by Jax
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul's letters of arrest for Damascus
Replies: 20
Views: 5264

Re: Paul's letters of arrest for Damascus

I wonder if an even simpler theory exists. From Paul's letters we have no reason to suspect that he is from anywhere else than Damascus. Is his persecutions of the people 'of the way' simply because he is a member of Damascus and they are a threat to it?
by Jax
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE
Replies: 35
Views: 13347

Re: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE

Another thought. I keep running into little hints that Paul may be reliant upon Philo. For example: Romans 1.22-23: 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the imperishable [ἀφθάρτου] God for an image in the form of perishable [φθαρτοῦ] man and of birds and four-f...
by Jax
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE
Replies: 35
Views: 13347

Re: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE

Also, Ben, do you have a favorite English translation of 1 Clement that comes closest to the original Greek? Are there any in your opinion? I have not done a lot of comparing of translations for the Apostolic Fathers, but I tend to prefer the Ehrman translation from the Loeb series when I am postin...
by Jax
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE
Replies: 35
Views: 13347

Re: Paul as Combatant in 1st Century BCE

I am currently rereading Jesus: One Hundred Years Before Christ by Alvar Ellegard https://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Hundred-Years-Before-Christ/dp/0879517204 in it he places Paul in the first century CE but being heavily influenced by the Essenes. If the Essenes were as militaristic in their language as ...