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by rakovsky
Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:47 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Vatican Archives: extracanonical gospels?
Replies: 12
Views: 5807

Re: Vatican Archives: extracanonical gospels?

What writings by or about Christians are missing from the list on the Early Christian Writings website from the 1st century? I see that they do not include Justin's Dialogue with Trypho (c. 135) from their list of second century works, so maybe they are missing other things? (http://earlychristianwr...
by rakovsky
Mon Dec 14, 2015 4:09 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrection?
Replies: 68
Views: 43869

Re: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrectio

I read Augustine's commentary chapters 24-25, http://www.clerus.org/bibliaclerusonline/en/caj.htm#ey, but it feels like slow slogging through, even though he says interesting things.
by rakovsky
Mon Dec 14, 2015 4:07 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrection?
Replies: 68
Views: 43869

Re: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrectio

Earlier I found a discrepancy between Luke's claim that the apostles were 11 in number and present when Jesus appeared to them, while John records Thomas was absent. Here is how St Augustine addresses the problem: Finally, as regards the fact that Jn states that the Apostle Thomas was not present wi...
by rakovsky
Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrection?
Replies: 68
Views: 43869

Re: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrectio

Augustine got it wrong. Luke 24:34 does NOT specify that "Peter" saw Jesus, but that "Simon" did. Simon was the writer of Proto-Luke, the son of Cleopas the other traveler to Emmaus. The minority reading makes this clearer, so Origen was not fooled like Augustine much later was after the Catholic c...
by rakovsky
Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrection?
Replies: 68
Views: 43869

Re: Strongest, most direct evidence to doubt the Resurrectio

St. Augustine, in his discussion on discrepancies in the resurrection accounts, made some interesting observations. He mentioned the difference between Mark saying that the apostles did not believe the two travelers about Jesus' resurrection and Luke saying that the apostles openly announced that Pe...
by rakovsky
Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Earliest gospel commentary?
Replies: 8
Views: 4589

Re: Earliest gospel commentary?

Thanks! The downside is that I don't think we have Origen's commentary on Matthew 28, which I am most interested in.
by rakovsky
Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:02 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Earliest gospel commentary?
Replies: 8
Views: 4589

Earliest gospel commentary?

What do you think is the earliest chronological (eg. chapter by chapter) patristic commentary on the gospels? Origen has a commentary on Matthew and on John, but it is not arranged according to the gospel chapters (eg. Matthew 1, Matthew 2, and so on), but rahter by subject (eg. whether the church i...
by rakovsky
Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:16 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Vatican Archives: extracanonical gospels?
Replies: 12
Views: 5807

Re: Vatican Archives: extracanonical gospels?

Eusebius later concurred, citing Hegesippus' lost History of the Church , ( Church History 2.23.3-19; 4.22.4) to demonstrate that James was both "brother of the Lord" and was famously righteous, and also claimed that Clement, in his lost Hypotyposeis = Note Book, had stated that James was "brother ...
by rakovsky
Tue Dec 08, 2015 7:19 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Continuing Animal Sacrifice in Christianity
Replies: 14
Views: 7246

Re: Continuing Animal Sacrifice in Christianity

I thought that " There is no role for animal sacrifice in Christianity" by Jill Hamilton was an ignorant, Orientalist article. The Christians who use animal sacrifice do not consider it to be a replacement for Jesus' atonement. The Bible had different kinds of ritual sacrifices. In Acts, Paul I thin...
by rakovsky
Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Vatican Archives: extracanonical gospels?
Replies: 12
Views: 5807

Re: Vatican Archives: extracanonical gospels?

In the beginnings of Christianity, the relatively few people who were Christian included few who wrote about Christianity. What they did write was probably on flimsy or temporary (wax) material, so little enough would survive for centuries, much less two millennia. Rakovsky is quite unreasonable in...