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by rakovsky
Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Buried clues about early Christianity from the context of Pliny’s letters?
Replies: 60
Views: 12171

Re: Buried clues about early Christianity from the context of Pliny’s letters?

I confessedly do not have a brilliant take on what Pliny is talking about exactly when he mentions the Nazerini, but I am pretty sure he is not talking about the so called Nazarenes. The connection to the modern Nuṣairi, or Alawites, is tenuous at best, as Muslim scholarship seems well aware. And P...
by rakovsky
Fri Mar 12, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Buried clues about early Christianity from the context of Pliny’s letters?
Replies: 60
Views: 12171

Re: Buried clues about early Christianity from the context of Pliny’s letters?

When I see "Pliny" and "early Christian" used together in a sentence, I think of Pliny the Elder's Natural History encyclopedia from the 70's AD where he talks about the Nazarine community: Coele Syria has the town of Apamea, divided by the river Marsyas from the Tetrarchy of the Nazerini... MODERN ...
by rakovsky
Fri Mar 12, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Decoding Mark revealed Secret Mark
Replies: 44
Views: 7101

Re: Decoding Mark revealed Secret Mark

One alleged internal sign of forgery is that there are no errors, corrections, or Scribal notes in the "Letter of Clement." One of the scholars who looked at it noticed this and then realized that he was looking at an "original." I think that he meant that if the text was copied into Vossius' book f...
by rakovsky
Fri Mar 12, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Decoding Mark revealed Secret Mark
Replies: 44
Views: 7101

Re: Decoding Mark revealed Secret Mark

Just like Mormonism. 👍 It's like Mormonism, in that you are dealing with a series of unlikelihoods that show that it's probably a fraud. Even if you accept that J.Smith could have a rare, supernatural ability to translate the Book of Mormon using a Seer Stone, there are still a ton of other unlikel...
by rakovsky
Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Do you know of a list of Josephus' Christian Allusions or Coincidences?
Replies: 14
Views: 1272

Re: Say It Ain't So Joe

I'm just assuming that my related list of parallels between GMark and Josephus is still the best one ever created: "Mark's" Fourth Source(After Imagination,Paul &Tanakh) = Joe but I'll look through this Thread to see if I think anything is worthy of being added to the list. Joe, Thanks for writing....
by rakovsky
Thu Mar 11, 2021 6:47 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Decoding Mark revealed Secret Mark
Replies: 44
Views: 7101

Re: Decoding Mark revealed Secret Mark

With Eisegesis, a person is making arguments to confirm their bias. In my case, my presupposition was that Secret Mark was real because the EW website listed it. It was only after reading so much about it and the pro and con arguments that it came to feel like a giant trash heap. Take for instance t...
by rakovsky
Thu Mar 11, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Decoding Mark revealed Secret Mark
Replies: 44
Views: 7101

Re: Decoding Mark revealed Secret Mark

I gave at least 23 red flags that Secret Mark is a forgery in my first post in my thread here: http://earlywritings.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4843 At first, I assumed it was real because it was on the EW list of early writings. Then I was unsure when I read Wikipedia. Then when I got into the ar...
by rakovsky
Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Decoding Mark revealed Secret Mark
Replies: 44
Views: 7101

Re: Decoding Mark revealed Secret Mark

Before his "discovery" Smith hypothesized something quite peculiar: That the author of GMark may have "deliberately censored" material from a GJohn source. Watson writes: "Precisely these points are attested in Clement's letter to Theodore. The Secret Gospel's story of the raising of the young man ...
by rakovsky
Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Decoding Mark revealed Secret Mark
Replies: 44
Views: 7101

Re: Decoding Mark revealed Secret Mark

You know nothing or very, very little about Morton Smith and effectively created a parody based on a few scraps of information One thing that I don't know about him is whether he went solo in his "Secret Mark" forgery or if others helped him. And if he was connected to others, then were they the sa...
by rakovsky
Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Decoding Mark revealed Secret Mark
Replies: 44
Views: 7101

Re: Decoding Mark revealed Secret Mark

Morton Smith bio https://www.encyclopedia.com/environment/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/smith-morton Smith was perhaps at the height of his perceived credibility during the time of his interview on the 1984 documentary TV series titled Jesus: The Evidence (Smith's bit is introduced wi...