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by Ken Olson
Mon Aug 30, 2021 6:47 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What did Paul mean by brother(s) of the Lord?
Replies: 74
Views: 74109

Re: What did Paul mean by brother(s) of the Lord?

The passages in the letters in which the word "brother/s" occurs can imho be divided into three groups for a better overview. - 1st group: the word is used to address the recipients of the letter (Romans 1:13 "I do not want you to be unaware, brothers , that I have often intended to ...
by Ken Olson
Fri Aug 27, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What did Paul mean by brother(s) of the Lord?
Replies: 74
Views: 74109

Re: What did Paul mean by brother(s) of the Lord?

What I miss in these discussions is that imho no one seriously tries to examine other passages from Paul's letters in order to better understand what meaning Paul might have given the phrase. Rather, historicists seem to assume that this phrase can be interpreted very easily by referring to the gos...
by Ken Olson
Mon Aug 09, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dave Allen arguing for a genuine Testimonium Flavianum: a criticism
Replies: 15
Views: 893

Re: Dave Allen arguing for a genuine Testimonium Flavianum: a criticism

mlinnsen asked: But if Eusebius is quoting Josephus on the second ocassion here, doesn't he only have it once, his "doer of paradoxical works"? Once in the Ecclesiastical History, yes, but he has other works surviving in Greek, so ten times outside his three known quotations of the Testimo...
by Ken Olson
Mon Aug 09, 2021 5:41 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dave Allen arguing for a genuine Testimonium Flavianum: a criticism
Replies: 15
Views: 893

Re: Dave Allen arguing for a genuine Testimonium Flavianum: a criticism

If I look at what you quote, the point that Allen makes seems to be that Eusebius got inspired by a genuine TF, and used the phrase found there in his own work. Yes, that is what he is claiming. But he isn't just presenting it as a possibility. He is claiming to have presented decisive evidence in ...
by Ken Olson
Sun Aug 08, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dave Allen arguing for a genuine Testimonium Flavianum: a criticism
Replies: 15
Views: 893

Re: Dave Allen arguing for a genuine Testimonium Flavianum: a criticism

In one place Dave Allen rehearses an argument Alice Whealey made against me on παραδόξων ἔργων ποιητής "He was one who wrought surprising feats.” This could be original and not touched because Christian redactors would have seen the word παραδόξων (paradoxōn) as denoting “miraculous.” Josephus ...
by Ken Olson
Sun Aug 08, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dave Allen arguing for a genuine Testimonium Flavianum: a criticism
Replies: 15
Views: 893

Re: Dave Allen arguing for a genuine Testimonium Flavianum: a criticism

Dave Allen also lays out his theory on how the Testimonium is partially Josephan and probably originally hostile to Jesus here: https://davesblogs.home.blog/2021/05/12/testimonium-flavianum-reconstructed/ Much of it is not actually an argument per se, but an explanation of how the data would fit if ...
by Ken Olson
Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Melito of Sardis’ Peri Pascha and the Site of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Replies: 9
Views: 469

Re: Melito of Sardis’ Peri Pascha and the Site of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

I agree that the high blown rhetoric in Peri Pascha may make firm conclusions difficult. Good. However But now, in the middle of the street and in the middle of the city, at the middle of the day, for all to see, is pretty clearly giving temporal information about when Jesus died, it seems a little...
by Ken Olson
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Melito of Sardis’ Peri Pascha and the Site of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Replies: 9
Views: 469

Re: Melito of Sardis’ Peri Pascha and the Site of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Does Melito attribute a role to Pilate, his soldiers, or any Romans? He specifically calls it a murder, and asks after the identity of the murderer. I think this is the only explicit mention of Pilate in the Peri Pascha. I haven't read through it carefully to try to figure out if he's referring to ...
by Ken Olson
Fri Jul 23, 2021 11:14 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Melito of Sardis’ Peri Pascha and the Site of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Replies: 9
Views: 469

Melito of Sardis’ Peri Pascha and the Site of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

I’ve started a new thread dedicated to the topic of Melito of Sardis and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher because the topic is distinct from discussion of Mark Goodacre’s paper “How Empty was the Tomb?”, where the subject arose. https://earlywritings.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=124470#p124470 The idea...
by Ken Olson
Wed Jul 21, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Philippians 3: "persecutor of the church"
Replies: 39
Views: 2091

Re: Philippians 3: "persecutor of the church"

If what I'm saying about this translation is correct, then I can understand why the misinterpretation was made. It has tremendous implications for the understand of ekklēsia, because this would be the passage that unifies the ekklēsia. Here Paul refers to the ekklēsia, which early orthodox Christia...