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by Aleph One
Sat Jul 03, 2021 12:53 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dubourg's intuition: the early Christians claimed that the Messiah was Jesus, and NOT that the Jesus was the Messiah
Replies: 82
Views: 3300

Re: Dubourg's intuition: the early Christians claimed that the Messiah was Jesus, and NOT that the Jesus was the Messiah

Odes of Solomon, Shepherd of Hermas, Barnabas (where the Jesus mentioned is Joshua). In addition, the strange silence about Jesus's life in Paul. About the latter point, Dubourg has a midrashical solution, too. I have to read still his commentary on Paul (i.e. the second part of his book). I assume...
by Aleph One
Tue Jun 29, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dubourg's intuition: the early Christians claimed that the Messiah was Jesus, and NOT that the Jesus was the Messiah
Replies: 82
Views: 3300

Re: Dubourg's intuition: the early Christians claimed that the Messiah was Jesus, and NOT that the Jesus was the Messiah

In the early Christian midrash, the speculation on “Messiah-Christ” / MŜYĤ chronologically precedes the discovery of “Jesus-Joshua”. This is proven by a number of New Testament verses and, above all, by the absence of Jesus (midrashized Joshua) in several early Christian monuments. This is a little...
by Aleph One
Sat May 22, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: They would not have crucified the Lord of Glory
Replies: 46
Views: 2577

Re: They would not have crucified the Lord of Glory

So on the topic of the original post (i.e. the lord's glory). I'm not sure anyone else has emphasized this but, in the paper, Droge suggests (in one case, at least) that the "glory" is Jesus's true, un-disguised form, after he has shed it, in the AoI-style heavenly descent/ascent narrative...
by Aleph One
Thu May 06, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Complete Thomas Commentary
Replies: 16
Views: 1519

Re: Complete Thomas Commentary

Hey congrats on the work! :cheers: I appreciate the dedication to the original vocabulary, especially for something as full of wordplay, riddles, puns, etc. as gThomas is. I've been working my way through it and there's a lot of nuances of translation that I don't recall from the other works on gTho...
by Aleph One
Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:06 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Indisputable Historical Facts About Early Christianity
Replies: 113
Views: 9308

Re: Indisputable Historical Facts About Early Christianity

In any household of Romans that the Roman authorities wanted information about, they would torture the slaves in that household for the information as Roman citizens were exempt from such practices. This tells us that the Christians with these Διακονοις were probably Roman households, or at least c...
by Aleph One
Sat Apr 24, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Indisputable Historical Facts About Early Christianity
Replies: 113
Views: 9308

Re: Indisputable Historical Facts About Early Christianity

There were also "two female slaves who were called deaconesses," evincing a leadership structure and that women were leaders. Good catch I forgot that. Although Διακονοις does mean "servant". I believe slave makes sense here because the letter says information was tortured out o...
by Aleph One
Sat Apr 24, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Gospel of the Egyptians
Replies: 41
Views: 4374

Re: The Gospel of the Egyptians

This is really cool. So I take it you think gEgyptians could be a narrative (and sayings) gospel? I only ask because the quotations and references I found on your Early Christian Writings entry seem to point to a gThomas-style saying/gnostic dialog gospel although we have so few excerpts that may no...
by Aleph One
Sat Apr 24, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Indisputable Historical Facts About Early Christianity
Replies: 113
Views: 9308

Re: Indisputable Historical Facts About Early Christianity

I think the info from Pliny the Younger's Letter to Emperor Trajan should fit this bill as well anything. We learn that in 110 AD there was a notable Christian presence, some of whom having been adherents for 20 years, in the Roman province of Bithynia. Christians were persecuted (though not systema...
by Aleph One
Wed Apr 21, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Secret Mark
Replies: 8
Views: 4334

Re: Secret Mark

I can't say I'm very interested in whether Clement's letter to Theodore about Secret Mark is genuine or not, but I'm not seeing what the big deal would be if it is. I think you're 100% right and it's a sad irony that a, sort of, cursory over-estimation of the document's import is actually used agai...
by Aleph One
Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A peculiar (and mathematical) argument for Lucan priority and Matthean posteriority.
Replies: 44
Views: 8654

Re: A peculiar (and mathematical) argument for Lucan priority and Matthean posteriority.

[Edit: Oops, looks like a had a quite old tab open of this thread when I made my reply and I've seen that Peter has already addressed all this stuff with the variable number of shared blocks and all so my first paragraph is now greatly superseded! :cheeky: ] So in simple terms, we're asking, "i...