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by John2
Sat Aug 06, 2022 6:28 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dating Acts
Replies: 45
Views: 1256

Re: Dating Acts

Now who would receive that petition to Nero other than Epaphroditus? You could argue that Epaphroditus went to visit Paul under house arrest and reviewed the petition. Maybe so. However, neither Tacitus, Josephus, or Acts supports the idea that Epaphroditus of Philippians or Epaphras of Philemon is...
by John2
Sat Aug 06, 2022 2:03 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dating Acts
Replies: 45
Views: 1256

Re: Dating Acts

...I imagine it would have been fairly easy for Timothy to say (presumably after Paul's death), "Hey everyone, check out these letters Paul sent me." I take it then you do not believe Paul wrote any pastoral letters? 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, all were fake letters written by a church l...
by John2
Sat Aug 06, 2022 12:32 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dating Acts
Replies: 45
Views: 1256

Re: Dating Acts

Pardon the tangent. You say you don't think Paul wrote 2Timothy. Just what do you mean by that? Are you saying that Paul did not personally put ink to paper? That he dictated to Luke who actually wrote the letter? Or are you saying 2 Timothy was fake from the get go? While I don't think Paul person...
by John2
Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:41 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dating Acts
Replies: 45
Views: 1256

Re: Dating Acts

Or maybe Epaphroditus and Josephus didn't know exactly how and when Paul died. Did anyone know for sure? Epaphroditus (secretary to Nero) would have certainly known. Epaphroditus did not die until 95 CE, that is, 26 years after he helped Nero commit suicide. I don't know if Epaphroditus would have ...
by John2
Wed Aug 03, 2022 11:38 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dating Acts
Replies: 45
Views: 1256

Re: Dating Acts

The name Epaphroditus was a very common name during that Roman period of time. But how many of them worked for Nero and died during the time Domitian was persecuting people who had "drifted into Jewish ways"? IIf he was Nero's personal secretary and a young one at that, it is extremely un...
by John2
Sat Jul 30, 2022 12:57 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dating Acts
Replies: 45
Views: 1256

Re: Dating Acts

For me it's easy to dispense with any date earlier than c. 90 CE, since I am absolutely convinced that the author of Acts (whoever they were) used Josephus' Antiquities, which were published around then. If Epaphroditus wrote Acts, I suppose I could push the date back a little, since he could have h...
by John2
Fri Jul 29, 2022 6:58 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dating Acts
Replies: 45
Views: 1256

Dating Acts

I suppose there have been other threads about this subject on the forum over the years, but they're all in the misty past for me now, and people's views can change over time, and there are newer forum members whose views I'm not familiar with. I suppose we all know that Acts can't be earlier than c....
by John2
Thu Jul 14, 2022 1:59 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul's episode of blindness, and being caught up into Paradise
Replies: 44
Views: 1765

Re: Paul's episode of blindness, and being caught up into Paradise

Neil wrote in a post on this thread prior to our discussion (which has bearing on something I wrote in my previous post): Paul was given words that he could not use to establish his authority from that ascent. Hence -- as he is ironically pointing out -- he is "less than the least" of all ...
by John2
Thu Jul 14, 2022 1:09 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul's episode of blindness, and being caught up into Paradise
Replies: 44
Views: 1765

Re: Paul's episode of blindness, and being caught up into Paradise

My point was only that Luke was insisting Paul hit the ground and was taken nowhere near paradise. Paul in Acts never hints that he ever went any further than the ground when the vision "hit" him. I guess I just don't see Paul being knocked to the ground and blinded by a vision as a denig...
by John2
Wed Jul 13, 2022 1:22 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul's episode of blindness, and being caught up into Paradise
Replies: 44
Views: 1765

Re: Paul's episode of blindness, and being caught up into Paradise

Whereas I see Acts being written with a "Christian" audience in mind. It is so full of theological and political agendas that it comes across to me as an effort to establish one brand of the faith over others. I also see Acts as being written with a Christian audience in mind, and I think...