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by billd89
Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Translation Help: Philo Passage on Therapeuts, DVC 78-79
Replies: 19
Views: 9225

Translation Help: Philo Passage on Therapeuts, DVC 78-79

[78] αἱ δὲ ἐξηγήσεις τῶν ἱερῶν γραμμάτων γίνονται δι' ὑπονοιῶν ἐν ἀλληγορίαις· ἅπασα γὰρ ἡ νομοθεσία δοκεῖ τοῖς ἀνδράσι τούτοις ἐοικέναι ζῴῳ καὶ σῶμα μὲν ἔχειν τὰς ῥητὰς διατάξεις, ψυχὴν δὲ τὸν ἐναποκείμενον ταῖς λέξεσιν ἀόρατον νοῦν, ἐν ᾧ ἤρξατο ἡ λογικὴ ψυχὴ διαφερόντως τὰ οἰκεῖα θεωρεῖν, ὥσπερ δι...
by billd89
Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Curious Case of Ptolemy
Replies: 3
Views: 4827

"History is built around events"

I agree with that, at least. All (nearly all?) the 2,000 yo details are debatable, so what's left is (random?) plausibility and (mostly wrong) opinion. I enjoy reading others' opinions - and look for the coherence of their arguments. obviously, the ever-present danger here is always the Idee Fixe: h...
by billd89
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: 'Creation' in the Hermetica (CH 1.4): derived from a volcanic description?
Replies: 2
Views: 2829

'Creation' in the Hermetica (CH 1.4): derived from a volcanic description?

The Corpus Hermeticum is obviously a collection of different works, compiled, redacted etc. For example, CH 4 ' The Krater ' appears to be composed of at least three other (older) works; the ending is meteorological. But I would like to draw attention to one section of the 'creation myth' of Poimand...
by billd89
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Joseph and Osiris/Serapis
Replies: 31
Views: 20450

Re: Joseph/Serapis, Pt 4

One very long post of mine still 'awaits moderation.' It was Part 2, before Part 3. "I would contend that Egyptian followers of Serapis could have been some of the groups called 'Christian/s' in the first and early 2nd century." Agreed. There were Alexandrian and Egyptian Jews, orthodox vs. quite ra...
by billd89
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Joseph and Osiris/Serapis
Replies: 31
Views: 20450

Re: Joseph/Serapis, Pt 3

See Alessandro Galimberti "The pseudo-Hadrianic Epistle in the Historia Augusta and Hadrian's religious policy" in Hadrian and the Christians , Ed. Marco Rizzi [2010], pp.101-120, esp.116. Galimberti [2010], p.120 concludes this problematic epistle is a pastiche of otherwise accurate information on ...
by billd89
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Joseph and Osiris/Serapis
Replies: 31
Views: 20450

Hmmm...

I am entirely new to this forum, but not the internet. Did my first post 'offend' someone (??? I cannot fathom why). My 2nd Post awaits 'moderation' ('approval'); what are the politics behind this censorship, please?

Or, are ALL long posts 'moderated'?
by billd89
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Joseph and Osiris/Serapis
Replies: 31
Views: 20450

Thank you, Andrew; I am well-aware of that opinion

The alleged letter of Hadrian is from one of the minor lives of the Historia Augusta and is probably entirely fictitious. Andrew Criddle Much of Historia Augusta is spurious: that is true. Because it appeared within a larger history corrupted by many forgeries, this fragment has likewise been decla...
by billd89
Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Joseph and Osiris/Serapis
Replies: 31
Views: 20450

Re: Joseph/Serapis; "Egyptians" is the Confusion

[A.] The Egyptians worshipped Joseph the Hebrew, who was called Serapis, because he supplied them with corn during the years of famine. Melito of Sardis, Fragment 1. 56 [B.] For that Serapis of yours was originally one of our own saints called Joseph. ... So Pharaoh set him over all Egypt, that he m...