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by DCHindley
Fri Oct 22, 2021 4:27 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why did the Gnostics use Paul and Gospels?
Replies: 46
Views: 1549

Re: Why did the Gnostics use Paul and Gospels?

As to scholars who have proposed the war as a driving factor that led to the rationalizations that I had proposed, I posted this on Crosstalk2 in 2002: In Birger A. Pearson's Gnosticism, Judaism, and Egyptian Christianity (or via: amazon.co.uk), there is a chapter on "Anti-Heretical Warnings in...
by DCHindley
Fri Oct 22, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why did the Gnostics use Paul and Gospels?
Replies: 46
Views: 1549

Re: Why did the Gnostics use Paul and Gospels?

Modern analogues might be: Modern analogues might be: The conflict between Serbians and Bosnian Muslims in Bosnia Herzegovina between April 1992 and December 1995. As part of Yugoslavia, Muslims and Serbs got along, at least on the surface, partly because of Marshal Tito's influence. Once the countr...
by DCHindley
Fri Oct 22, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why did the Gnostics use Paul and Gospels?
Replies: 46
Views: 1549

Re: Why did the Gnostics use Paul and Gospels?

Here is some of my foolish reasoning on FRDB from back in 2009: Jesus parties in the agricultural areas and associated villages and towns (Galilee, Judaea): I do not think that the authors of the NT gospels were Jews by birth on account of their numerous allusions to Jewish ignorance of their own an...
by DCHindley
Fri Oct 22, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why did the Gnostics use Paul and Gospels?
Replies: 46
Views: 1549

Re: Why did the Gnostics use Paul and Gospels?

Josephus describes how polarized the regions of Judea/Samaria/Idumea and southern Syria became. It was very intense, involving ethnic cleansing, killing everybody even remotely perceived as a threat, and jailing of moderates on both sides as people not to be trusted. Just being friendly towards one...
by DCHindley
Sun Oct 17, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why did the Gnostics use Paul and Gospels?
Replies: 46
Views: 1549

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: 941

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: 941

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: 281

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: 716

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: 2126

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...