What if Paul never perceived Jesus as a god ...

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Re: What if Paul never perceived Jesus as a god ...

Post by robert j » Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:02 pm

Jax wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:05 pm

This is where, in my opinion, we will always fall down. We don't even know what is Paul or not. Nor can we ever with what we have now.
None of Paul's letters are pristine, and textual evidence demonstrates some scribal initiative and/or confusion here and there.

We do have significant textual evidence for the beginning and ending portions of Romans having been messed-with. Some other interpolations in Paul's letters? Probably a few, but in my opinion the burden of proof lies with those claiming certain passages do not belong (though I certainly do not intend to provide counter-arguments for every claim with which I may disagree, except perhaps on occasion).

But I don't agree with your opinion here on Paul, and I have spent too many years here and elsewhere addressing similar positions. Not interested.

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Re: What if Paul never perceived Jesus as a god ...

Post by Jax » Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:25 pm

robert j wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:02 pm
Jax wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:05 pm

This is where, in my opinion, we will always fall down. We don't even know what is Paul or not. Nor can we ever with what we have now.
None of Paul's letters are pristine, and textual evidence demonstrates some scribal initiative and/or confusion here and there.

We do have significant textual evidence for the beginning and ending portions of Romans having been messed-with. Some other interpolations in Paul's letters? Probably a few, but in my opinion the burden of proof lies with those claiming certain passages do not belong (though I certainly do not intend to provide counter-arguments for every claim with which I may disagree, except perhaps on occasion).

But I don't agree with your opinion here on Paul, and I have spent too many years here and elsewhere addressing similar positions. Not interested.
I disagree, Paul's letters are a mess, we know this at least by the fact that some of them are not by Paul.

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Re: What if Paul never perceived Jesus as a god ...

Post by robert j » Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:34 pm

Jax wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:25 pm

... Paul's letters ... some of them are not by Paul.
If you are referring to the Deutero-Paulines and the Pastorals, at least we agree on that.

I don't consider those to be "Paul's letters".

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Re: What if Paul never perceived Jesus as a god ...

Post by Jax » Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:57 pm

robert j wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:34 pm
Jax wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:25 pm

... Paul's letters ... some of them are not by Paul.
If you are referring to the Deutero-Paulines and the Pastorals, at least we agree on that.

I don't consider those to be "Paul's letters".
All right then. Hebrews was part of that group as well, at one point.

Where do you draw the line?

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Re: What if Paul never perceived Jesus as a god ...

Post by robert j » Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:28 pm

Jax wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:57 pm
robert j wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:34 pm
Jax wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:25 pm

... Paul's letters ... some of them are not by Paul.
If you are referring to the Deutero-Paulines and the Pastorals, at least we agree on that.

I don't consider those to be "Paul's letters".
All right then. Hebrews was part of that group as well, at one point.
I don't think Paul wrote Hebrews.

Jax wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:57 pm

Where do you draw the line?
Right here. Adios.

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Re: What if Paul never perceived Jesus as a god ...

Post by lsayre » Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:27 am

In addition, what if Paul's message of salvation was not that people are saved by grace though their faith in the messiah, but rather through the faith of the messiah? The Greek states only things such as pistis christou, so it is left to the translator to fill in the missing word between these two so the translation will be coherent. And to me it seems that the choice of the word "in" has been strictly motivated by orthodoxy (be it proto or later). It was the faith of Abraham that provided blessings and promises from God to the Hebrews, and not the individual Hebrews faith in Abraham. Shouldn't it be the same for Jesus?

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Re: What if Paul never perceived Jesus as a god ...

Post by lsayre » Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:38 am

Related to the immediate post above: https://thinktheology.co.uk/blog/articl ... ine-bungle

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