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by Thor
Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:20 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Newly Discovered Documents of Judean Exiles in Babylonia
Replies: 8
Views: 10961

Re: Newly Discovered Documents of Judean Exiles in Babylonia

Lots of ancient texts that don't stir interest still help give history. The Jewish banking family, the Murashu family left several hundred tablets in the Babylonian city of Nippur that provide evidence for Jews living in Mesopotamia, choosing not to return to where they came from. Certainly. I only...
by Thor
Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:53 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Newly Discovered Documents of Judean Exiles in Babylonia
Replies: 8
Views: 10961

Re: Newly Discovered Documents of Judean Exiles in Babylonia

I knew this sounded familiar, so I searched my library. ( Vast chaotic mess of stored data to be honest ). Found this piece published by professor Kathleen Abraham from 2011. The Reconstruction of Jewish Communities in the Persian Empire: The Āl-Yahūdu Clay Tablets https://www.academia.edu/1383485/T...
by Thor
Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:15 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Can Richard Carrier be trusted to write the truth?
Replies: 161
Views: 62459

Re: Can Richard Carrier be trusted to write the truth?

John T wrote:
Galatians 3:1 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before you eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly exhibited as crucified!
Could you please name the bible where you found this version of the passage?
by Thor
Sat Oct 11, 2014 12:11 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Can Richard Carrier be trusted to write the truth?
Replies: 161
Views: 62459

Re: Can Richard Carrier be trusted to write the truth?

The Akkadian account of Ishtar and Tammuz may well have been familiar at the time of Jesus but it is less useful for mythicist purposes. Okay, thanks for the info. This leaves Tammuz' death and resurrection, But the premiss of death and resurrection as in a person resurrected in the flesh, is it ev...
by Thor
Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:52 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Can Richard Carrier be trusted to write the truth?
Replies: 161
Views: 62459

Re: Can Richard Carrier be trusted to write the truth?

One issue is that this is is the Sumerian account of Inanna and Dumuzi. It is unlikely do have been known to Jews (or anyone else) at the time of Jesus. The Akkadian account of Ishtar and Tammuz may well have been familiar at the time of Jesus but it is less useful for mythicist purposes. Andrew Cr...
by Thor
Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:34 pm
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: Angels, sons of gods, nephilim, dog headed people, centaurs.
Replies: 6
Views: 8839

Re: Angels, sons of gods, nephilim, dog headed people, centa

Is there a general problem with translation that someone's recent understanding is very unlikely to be like someone from centuries ago? Do translators need to state all their assumptions on the meaning of words? And in anthropology, what precisely do people being studied think souls, gods, demons e...
by Thor
Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:33 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Witnessing the Divine
Replies: 18
Views: 10269

Re: Witnessing the Divine

I meant why question the obvious metaphor of omens predicting the birth of a savior king. Here is something from the records of Ardashir One day Artabanus invited to his presence the sages and astrologers, who belonged to his court, and put them the following question: "What do you observe regarding...
by Thor
Sun Sep 14, 2014 3:32 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Witnessing the Divine
Replies: 18
Views: 10269

Re: Witnessing the Divine

Firstly it is claimed that the Magi came from Persia. The trip from Persia to Jerusalem according to the Catholic Encyclopedia would have taken 3 to 12 months by camel. Also, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia it would have been a year or more before they reached Jerusalem! Well..Does it not sa...
by Thor
Sat Sep 13, 2014 6:59 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Witnessing the Divine
Replies: 18
Views: 10269

Re: Witnessing the Divine

Why not start with the obvious. Who and what are the Magi? If the Magi have knowledge not found among the wise men in Judea, who then does the prophecy belong to? I can mention the story of king Astyages. This king had a dream that his magi interpreted as a sign that his grandson would eventually ov...
by Thor
Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: General Religious Discussion
Topic: Strict father v nurturing parent god
Replies: 2
Views: 5123

Re: Strict father v nurturing parent god

A cognitive linguist, George Lakoff , has been arguing for a few decades that human thought is inseparable from the use of metaphor. He has used the notion to develop upon the theory of frames so as to explain the way people are manipulated by politicians. One of the deepest pairs of frames is base...