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by DCHindley
Sun Oct 17, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why did the Gnostics use Paul and Gospels?
Replies: 40
Views: 1037

Re: Why did the Gnostics use Paul and Gospels?

I think you have not factored in Josephus' accounts of the ethnic polarization the war caused in Judean dominated areas and nearby Gentile regions. Assuming that early Christians who produced the books that became the NT were originally gentiles, we should be asking ourselves "Why did they iden...
by DCHindley
Sun Oct 17, 2021 8:38 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Questions about Dating 1 Clement
Replies: 24
Views: 661

Re: Questions about Dating 1 Clement

A simple typo, DCH. That should have been obvious from the fact that it was in a quoted passage and not my own words, that I had alerted readers in the same post that my translation was done by machine and that I was very reluctant to get into this sort of detail (hence my slack proof-reading! - an...
by DCHindley
Sat Oct 16, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Questions about Dating 1 Clement
Replies: 24
Views: 661

Re: Questions about Dating 1 Clement

Neil, I noticed that you are calling Dionysius of Corinth "Denys," as if the same as Dionysius the Areopagite mentioned in Acts, the fictional covert of Paul in Athens who supposedly invented the form of Neo-platonic mysticism associated with his name = the legends of St Denys the Philosop...
by DCHindley
Mon Oct 04, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: John 3:13 "No one has ascended into heaven"
Replies: 8
Views: 275

Re: John 3:13 "No one has ascended into heaven"

rgp, Ephesians 4:7b Of Christ ... 8 Therefore it is said, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men." (Ps 68:18) 9 (In saying, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descende...
by DCHindley
Thu Sep 30, 2021 12:57 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: "Only god is good" as Mark's compromise to eclipse "Only the Father, not YHWH, is good"
Replies: 20
Views: 690

Re: Marcion was an Anti-Semite

Marcion was venomously Anti-Jewish - hardly a neutral witness. Is there evidence for this extreme claim? I have to agree with Neil, I don't think that Marcion faulted the Judean God for being evil, just wrong headed for refusing to believe there could be a greater god/principal than himself. I thin...
by DCHindley
Thu Sep 23, 2021 4:13 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul --- A Criminal and a Liar
Replies: 61
Views: 2020

Re: Paul --- A Criminal and a Liar

maryhelena, history, imo, is not always susceptible to proof of a mathematical sort. And with new finds accounts may need to be adjusted. Even if I wrote at length on why I consider an historical Paul, one who traveled, wrote, got into difficulties and so on, much more relatively probable than a Ru...
by DCHindley
Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The meaning of ἀπεκδυσάμενος in Col 2:15
Replies: 13
Views: 689

Re: The meaning of ἀπεκδυσάμενος in Col 2:15

What happened to Ben? Seems to be away from the forum, taking a breather perhaps. Hope he comes back! Amen. If Ben is listening: If you think the level of conversation has deteriorated to a point where you just don't want to deal with it anymore, you could perhaps adopt some basic mental "filt...
by DCHindley
Mon Sep 06, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Analysis of Philo on Therapeutae
Replies: 5
Views: 450

Re: Analysis of Philo on Therapeutae

billd89, Since I think you might appreciate this Thank you for this. I'm confused, though. Is your analysis based on the original Greek or another language? I cannot read Greek, but in making my own (21st C. American English) translations I quickly found some very troubling discrepancies in Yonge's...
by DCHindley
Mon Sep 06, 2021 5:37 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Analysis of Philo on Therapeutae
Replies: 5
Views: 450

Analysis of Philo on Therapeutae

billd89, Since I think you might appreciate this, I once applied the same method I use for the Pauline letters to Philo's section of De vita contemplativa 1.1-90 ("About the Contemplative Life," C D Yonge, vol 1, 1854) on the Therapeutae. The sections I colored Red seems to be from an orig...
by DCHindley
Mon Sep 06, 2021 4:57 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus
Replies: 241
Views: 12490

Re: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus

Some years ago I read an article by Steve Mason (no longer on the Bible and Interpretation website but incorporated into his book: Josephus, Judea, and Christian Origins: Methods and Categories. The whole book is available for download: https://www.academia.edu/40012218/Two_Essays_on_the_Apostle_Pa...