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by Stefan Kristensen
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Philippian Hymn - no incarnation?
Replies: 10
Views: 10315

Re: Philippian Hymn - no incarnation?

If there is no incarnation in view, and Jesus is just an ordinary man, what is the language about "having come to be in the likeness" of humans and "having been found in form as a human" about? Why not just "as a human" or some such? Well, first of all, I think I'm inclined to understand the hymn i...
by Stefan Kristensen
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Philippian Hymn - no incarnation?
Replies: 10
Views: 10315

Philippian Hymn - no incarnation?

I think this is one possible reading of the hymn: Paul is only describing the earthly Jesus whom we know from the gospels. Not the pre-existent Jesus who was incarnated. I'm not saying that Paul didn't have a pre-existent Jesus (or Christ or whatever) or that he had, just that it's possible to read ...
by Stefan Kristensen
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Reactions in gMark! What this Galilean prophet did will AMAZE you!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 4455

Re: Reactions in gMark! What this Galilean prophet did will AMAZE you!!!

The reaction of the people in the story is evidently very important to Mark, One might even go so far as to say that the reaction of people in the story IS the story. There are about 100 distinguishable characters in Mark, 60 or so of them have speaking parts. Even those few characters who appear e...
by Stefan Kristensen
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Reactions in gMark! What this Galilean prophet did will AMAZE you!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 4455

Reactions in gMark! What this Galilean prophet did will AMAZE you!!!

Mark 1:22-29: And they came to Capernaum and as soon as the sabbath came Jesus immediately went into the synagogue and taught, and the people were ASTONISHED at his teaching! You won't believe what happened then! Immediately there came a man with an unclean spirit, and Jesus completely shut the spir...
by Stefan Kristensen
Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Mark 9:1 "seeing the kingdom having come in power"
Replies: 23
Views: 23901

Re: Mark 9:1 "seeing the kingdom having come in power"

What I hypothesise more generally is that the Christians of the NT thought their new race was more of a new species of humans. Or rather, that original immortal species described in Gen 1:26-26 ruling creation, before the Fall where the humans acquired their fleshly mortality and as such became a fl...
by Stefan Kristensen
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Mark 9:1 "seeing the kingdom having come in power"
Replies: 23
Views: 23901

Re: Mark 9:1 "seeing the kingdom having come in power"

With regards to the question of "this generation", I was reading in Acts and saw this interesting bit in connection with the incident with the first conversions to faith ever, where Luke says something about conversion meaning "saved from this crooked generation". It's Pentecost and the apostles re...
by Stefan Kristensen
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Mark 9:1 "seeing the kingdom having come in power"
Replies: 23
Views: 23901

Re: Mark 9:1 "seeing the kingdom having come in power"

With regards to the question of "this generation", I was reading in Acts and saw this interesting bit in connection with the incident with the first conversions to faith ever, where Luke says something about conversion meaning "saved from this crooked generation". It's Pentecost and the apostles rec...
by Stefan Kristensen
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is "blasphemy against the holy spirit" a Markan invention?
Replies: 33
Views: 40807

Re: Is "blasphemy against the holy spirit" a Markan invention?

Define "hardly". My experience with this discussion has felt like something to the effect: 'I have a better explanation for the meaning of the text than your explanation, so I don't even need to know your explanation'. I can't escape thinking, that you are discarding any need to investigate the tex...
by Stefan Kristensen
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is "blasphemy against the holy spirit" a Markan invention?
Replies: 33
Views: 40807

Re: Is "blasphemy against the holy spirit" a Markan invention?

May I interrupt for a moment? I'm not even gonna go all Domitian 'n all that stuff. Doesn't get any traction here anyway. There's another verse (or 2) that figures into this: Mark 3: 29 - 30 (RSV): [29] but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eterna...
by Stefan Kristensen
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is "blasphemy against the holy spirit" a Markan invention?
Replies: 33
Views: 40807

Re: Is "blasphemy against the holy spirit" a Markan invention?

I don't think the bit in the Didache is 'an explanation after the fact'. Rather, I think it helps to back up my proposition, that there is an explanation to be found within gMark for the graveness, and that this explanation also applies perfectly to Did 11:7. What the scribes are doing is denying J...