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by ABuddhist
Thu Jun 23, 2022 5:52 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Definitive evidence that Marcion knew no Pilate at all
Replies: 13
Views: 224

Re: Definitive evidence that Marcion knew no Pilate at all

Chris Hansen wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:07 pm It seems "anti-Marcionite" more and more just seems to be a catchphrase for someone wishing to conjecture an emendation in these letters.
Does this apply to mainstream biblical scholarship also?
by ABuddhist
Thu Jun 23, 2022 1:36 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The tempting of Jesus by Satan
Replies: 18
Views: 348

Re: The tempting of Jesus by Satan

The passage in Mark looks like a simple hand waving over the longer scene in Matthew. Or the later author(s) could have been inspired by it to create the temptation scene. A similar thing seems to have happened with the Last Supper, which was based upon Paul's allegations but was expanded by later ...
by ABuddhist
Tue Jun 21, 2022 6:50 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How strangely generic the phrase "born of a woman" is when applied to a specific person.
Replies: 10
Views: 251

Re: How strangely generic the phrase "born of a woman" is when applied to a specific person.

I'm 90% positive that significant portions of Galatians, including these sections of Galatians 4, are all proto-orthodox interpolations. But by when in the proto-Orthodox development? If it were beyond a certain point, I would expect it to include references to the mother's being Mary, even if not ...
by ABuddhist
Mon Jun 20, 2022 6:33 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Seed in Romans 1:3 and Elsewhere
Replies: 94
Views: 1993

Re: The Seed in Romans 1:3 and Elsewhere

We have no reliable way of reconstructing Marcion's claims or texts. So anything he "said" or "collected" is doubtful to say the least. For instance, at one time 1 Thess. 2:14-16 was widely considered an interpolation, but my recent review shows a huge number of text critics (vi...
by ABuddhist
Mon Jun 20, 2022 6:00 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How strangely generic the phrase "born of a woman" is when applied to a specific person.
Replies: 10
Views: 251

How strangely generic the phrase "born of a woman" is when applied to a specific person.

By this, I mean that when we talk about specific people, we rarely need to specify that they are born of women - unless we are trying to refute claims (perhaps made by aliens?) that they are not born from women. This in turn suggests that Paul, whom I assume was writing the reference, was subtly dea...
by ABuddhist
Mon Jun 20, 2022 5:50 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Seed in Romans 1:3 and Elsewhere
Replies: 94
Views: 1993

Re: The Seed in Romans 1:3 and Elsewhere

IMO, we cannot trust the Church Fathers enough to reconstruct Marcion's text, but then turn around and say we cannot trust their other claims about Marcion. It seems like a "have my cake and eat it too" situation, based largely in an anti-Christian bias. For what it is worth, my anti-Chri...
by ABuddhist
Sat Jun 18, 2022 1:43 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Seed in Romans 1:3 and Elsewhere
Replies: 94
Views: 1993

Re: The Seed in Romans 1:3 and Elsewhere

Finding "anti-Marcionite" and "anti-Gnostic" or "anti-Docetist" interpolations is one of the most subjective and unscientific processes I've seen in this entire field, and I frankly find it also one of the least credible exercises. Like what are the clear and precise m...
by ABuddhist
Fri Jun 17, 2022 6:52 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Seed in Romans 1:3 and Elsewhere
Replies: 94
Views: 1993

Re: The Seed in Romans 1:3 and Elsewhere

Hmmm, that is actually a really interesting suggestion. One thing I've been toying with is that it had to do with discussion in terms of generation, but actually your suggestion makes a bit more sense than that. I'll have to mull that one over. Regardless, the meaning is clear, it is idiomatic for ...
by ABuddhist
Fri Jun 10, 2022 6:10 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Josephus Antiquities 20.200 on James: The scholars who doubt
Replies: 139
Views: 7708

Re: Josephus Antiquities 20.200 on James: The scholars who doubt

I don't see any good reason to think this letter is inauthentic or has been tampered with. I've read it and numerous other Roman documents of the time, and it seems just in keeping with the rest of Pliny's letters, particularly the rest of Book X. What about the reference to temples' being nearly a...
by ABuddhist
Tue Jun 07, 2022 10:36 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Josephus Antiquities 20.200 on James: The scholars who doubt
Replies: 139
Views: 7708

Re: Josephus Antiquities 20.200 on James: The scholars who doubt

I doubt the Christian tradition that Domitian himself took an interest in persecuting Christians and put out an effort eradicate them. That said, there probably was persecution of Christians during Domitian's reign. Yeah, I thought that John2 was being too credulous. But do you have any opinion abo...