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by StephenGoranson
Mon Feb 26, 2024 2:19 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What if "IC XC" Simply Meant "Better Man"?
Replies: 7
Views: 94

Re: What if "IC XC" Simply Meant "Better Man"?

Linus Pauling allegedly said:
"The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas. If you want to have good ideas you must have many ideas. Most of them will be wrong, and what you have to learn is which ones to throw away."
by StephenGoranson
Mon Feb 26, 2024 1:33 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Basic reason why the name of Pilate was absent in the Earliest Passion Story extrapolated from Mark
Replies: 50
Views: 630

Re: Basic reason why the name of Pilate was absent in the Earliest Passion Story extrapolated from Mark

You, Giuseppe, are free to call Pontius Pilate "obscure," though he is known from NT, and from Josephus, and from Philo, and from a stone inscription, and he maybe also minted coins, and, yet, paradoxically, by you claimed as somehow key to your current-favorite displaced-time conspiracy t...
by StephenGoranson
Mon Feb 26, 2024 12:35 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Basic reason why the name of Pilate was absent in the Earliest Passion Story extrapolated from Mark
Replies: 50
Views: 630

Re: Basic reason why the name of Pilate was absent in the Earliest Passion Story extrapolated from Mark

Does the Semitic root have anything to do with the historically-attested, and presumably non-Semitic, name of Pilate?
by StephenGoranson
Mon Feb 26, 2024 10:48 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What if "IC XC" Simply Meant "Better Man"?
Replies: 7
Views: 94

Re: What if "IC XC" Simply Meant "Better Man"?

"Better man" does not seem to me to fit the uses.
by StephenGoranson
Mon Feb 26, 2024 10:37 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Fernando Bermejo-Rubio
Replies: 43
Views: 1411

Re: Fernando Bermejo-Rubio

The Jerusalem-located name is arguably more likely Aramaic than Syriac.
If so, the proposed jumping from "Syrian" in a 1874 text
to "Syrian Antioch" in an earlier century
may be an imaginative leap that is not justified.
by StephenGoranson
Mon Feb 26, 2024 9:57 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Fernando Bermejo-Rubio
Replies: 43
Views: 1411

Re: Fernando Bermejo-Rubio

That, of course, is not what I wrote, sigh.
by StephenGoranson
Mon Feb 26, 2024 9:29 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Fernando Bermejo-Rubio
Replies: 43
Views: 1411

Re: Fernando Bermejo-Rubio

Often, maryhelena, you have written that Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic is not what is important, nor of interest to you to explore, but what is important is story. So this seems a departure. In any case it is not necessarily true that "The gospel crucifixion story reflects history from another tim...
by StephenGoranson
Mon Feb 26, 2024 7:24 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: A quote from Greek Philosophy in the Old Testament
Replies: 3
Views: 76

Re: A quote from Greek Philosophy in the Old Testament

The above quote from Moritz Friedländer, I am currently, provisionally assuming, was posted approvingly by NG. If so, is it fair to say that there may be a danger, for those who agree with Friedländer, in projecting upon others who think portions of the OT were written before the time of Alexander t...
by StephenGoranson
Mon Feb 26, 2024 7:09 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Why the Hellenistic era for ALL "Old Testament" books should be taken seriously
Replies: 42
Views: 796

Re: Why the Hellenistic era for ALL "Old Testament" books should be taken seriously

In the OP it was claimed that Elephantine remains indicated "that Persian era Jews knew nothing of the Pentateuch." Not so. Rather, *some* Egyptian Aramaic writers asked *others* for advice about Torah. That does not necessarily indicate that there was no Torah, anywhere, then, though it d...
by StephenGoranson
Sat Feb 24, 2024 11:54 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The X-Files: Chrēstos / Christos / Χρειστος
Replies: 425
Views: 8992

Re: The X-Files: Chrēstos / Christos / Χρειστος

"All we need to do...."? We, today, have a range of views of "Christ-like," and in any case "Christ-like" is not identical to "Christ," nor does that asserted methodology comport with usual history research. Also if "all we know about 'Christ' is wrong,&q...