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by GakuseiDon
Thu May 26, 2022 3:41 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Was "James the Lord's brother" Paul's thorn?
Replies: 15
Views: 359

Re: Was "James the Lord's brother" Paul's thorn?

I've read various solutions proposing what Paul meant by "thorn in the flesh" - stuttering, nervous breakdown, even homosexuality. Having the thorn be James is an intriguing idea. There is obvious tension between James' faction and Paul, so it fits. I wonder what Paul's audience made of th...
by GakuseiDon
Tue May 17, 2022 3:09 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How mainstream is the claim that Early Christians believed that Jesus was Michael the Archangel?
Replies: 1
Views: 116

Re: How mainstream is the claim that Early Christians believed that Jesus was Michael the Archangel?

The following blog-post, "Michael the Great Prince and Saviour of Israel", https://isthatinthebible.wordpress.com/ ... of-israel/ , draws upon commentaries to the Revelation to John and the Shepard of Hermas in order to further this claim. A relevant quotation is: "Another intriguing...
by GakuseiDon
Fri May 13, 2022 9:24 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: historian of early Christianity
Replies: 37
Views: 1343

Re: historian of early Christianity

In this recently reposted blogpost, Bart Ehrman (vs. Richard Carrier, PhD, History) defends his competence to discuss "what we can know about history" (even though his PhD is not in "history"). https://ehrmanblog.org/a-full-reply-to-mythicist-richard-carrier-most-commented-blog-...
by GakuseiDon
Wed May 11, 2022 11:46 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Celestial Messiah in the parables of Enoch
Replies: 194
Views: 5739

Re: The Celestial Messiah in the parables of Enoch

From the end of p.121 into the first third of p.122 in Sinouhe's post above ... From where did the divine figure send forth the messiah figure? For the divine figure to “send forth” the messiah figure, this implies location , and since it is a tacit assumption of Second Temple period Jewish thought...
by GakuseiDon
Wed May 11, 2022 1:43 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is there such certainty that Early Christian philosophers were not also charismatics/ecstatics?
Replies: 10
Views: 478

Re: Is there such certainty that Early Christian philosophers were not also charismatics/ecstatics?

I think Paul is best understood in the wider world of, as Heidi Wendt described it, entrepreneurial “freelance religious experts”. In the introduction of her Ph.D.dissertation, Wendt described the widespread phenomenon of activity in the ancient world that included exorcists, diviners, oracles, mag...
by GakuseiDon
Fri May 06, 2022 10:21 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: 'When Did Jesus Live?'
Replies: 29
Views: 1145

Re: 'When Did Jesus Live?'

9,9 But then, after the census, everyone went back to wherever they lived and room was made in Bethlehem. (10) Now when < the > first year was over and the second year had passed, Christ’s parents came from Nazareth to Bethlehem as though to the original gathering—as a sort of memorial because of w...
by GakuseiDon
Fri May 06, 2022 10:17 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: 'When Did Jesus Live?'
Replies: 29
Views: 1145

Re: 'When Did Jesus Live?'

https://yaakovavraham.wordpress.com/2022/05/05/when-did-jesus-live/ We've discussed this here before. That website is relying on Dr Carrier's "On the Historicity of Jesus", and Carrier is simply wrong on his take that this is the beliefs of heretics . Epiphanius is referring to the belief...
by GakuseiDon
Fri May 06, 2022 7:06 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: 'When Did Jesus Live?'
Replies: 29
Views: 1145

Re: 'When Did Jesus Live?'

More generally, what are the theories about when Jesus lived and/or died, and who (if anyone) was responsible for his death? (For the sake of the exercise, I mean a life and death on earth) GA Wells has Paul's Jesus dying in the remote past, though not identifying who was responsible IIRC. Maryhelen...
by GakuseiDon
Fri Apr 29, 2022 7:23 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Sethian School of 'Gnostic' Thought
Replies: 76
Views: 2510

Re: The Sethian School of 'Gnostic' Thought

Fascinating! Just want to say I really enjoy these extracts/analysis, MrMacSon. :thumbsup: There's a whole world of Gnostic thought that I wish I knew more about. I've tended to think of Gnosticism as a side-bar to early Christian writings, so I've never looked into it, but it appears to have been a...
by GakuseiDon
Fri Apr 29, 2022 2:06 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Justin Martyrs Writings Dates?
Replies: 27
Views: 962

Re: Playing the dating game?

Yes, but called "Chrestian" by the pagans . That's what Tertullian says, but Justin includes himself among the Chrestians. I don't think he does. He uses "Christian" over 20 times in his First Apology. Is it your thought that all of these have been changed from "Chrestian&q...