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by StephenGoranson
Tue Sep 27, 2022 5:50 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dura Europos
Replies: 23
Views: 556

Re: Dura Europos

The Dura-Europos gospel ms evidences Christian presence in D-E. D-E has been extensively excavated; many religious buildings have been identified, including a real synagogue. Christians gathered; the house church is the only viable candidate place, evidenced by paintings and inscriptions, and archit...
by StephenGoranson
Mon Sep 26, 2022 4:14 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dura Europos
Replies: 23
Views: 556

Re: Dura Europos

No.
Plus, the plainly Christian gospel, excavated pre 256 manuscript.
by StephenGoranson
Mon Sep 26, 2022 8:23 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dura Europos
Replies: 23
Views: 556

Re: Dura Europos

I was mistaken about one name in the 1996 publication. (Name maybe or maybe not related to an Old Greek translation/transliteration of I Kings 4:3.) But the distribution of Greek and Semitic use is still notable. And of course some Christians have Jewish or Biblical or Hebrew names, including David ...
by StephenGoranson
Sun Sep 25, 2022 5:16 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dura Europos
Replies: 23
Views: 556

Re: Dura Europos

I (still) say that that place in Dura Europos was certainly a house-church. I briefly summarized the evidence above. The attempted walking on water scene, for instance, is from the New Testament; also the mentions of Christ. It was not a Jewish synagogue, one of which was already available just down...
by StephenGoranson
Sat Sep 24, 2022 9:04 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dura Europos
Replies: 23
Views: 556

Re: Dura Europos

Well, suspicions are free. However, ordinarily in archaeological excavation, buckets--gufas--are identified by the specific, surveyed, stratified/depth, very limited locus and date from which they each individually were removed. Soon inspected. In some cases, soon sifted. So the provenance was speci...
by StephenGoranson
Sat Sep 24, 2022 8:07 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dura Europos
Replies: 23
Views: 556

Dura Europos

Dura Europos excavations revealed a Christian manuscript and a Christian house-church, both dated before 256. There is a huge bibliography, some of it available online, including on more recent (French-Syrian) excavations there, all of which confirmed, by coins, by dated documents, etc., the dating ...
by StephenGoranson
Sat Sep 24, 2022 4:08 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: The Samaritans
Replies: 48
Views: 1173

Re: The Samaritans

Though Samaritans also interpret their name as meaning keepers (of Torah), it may be that they were earlier named after the place name of the city and region of Samaria, the origin of which name may have been earlier and different.
by StephenGoranson
Wed Sep 21, 2022 9:20 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Bart Ehrman -- another instance of not reading what he cites
Replies: 84
Views: 1654

Re: Bart Ehrman -- another instance of not reading what he cites

We all make mistakes. Two selected mistakes of mine here were giving a wrong name to a Hasmonean under discussion and sloppily writing that R. Gmirkin did not recognize writing on silver amulets as writing (which I assumed could be understood) rather than explicitly writing that he meant that the wr...
by StephenGoranson
Tue Sep 20, 2022 6:26 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Constantine
Replies: 4
Views: 172

Re: Constantine

Similarly, it is relatively more plausible that Ptolemy II Philadelphus had something to do with prompting a Greek translation (not necessarily the first nor last Greek translation) of the Hebrew Bible, or parts of the eventual canon, than that he had any significant role with the probably-gradual f...
by StephenGoranson
Tue Sep 20, 2022 6:04 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: The Samaritans
Replies: 48
Views: 1173

Re: The Samaritans

I have not seen the exhibit, nor visited the Museum of the Bible, but perhaps some in or near Washington DC might be interested in an exhibit on Samaritans: https://www.museumofthebible.org/exhibits/the-samaritans-a-biblical-people "The name Samaritan is often linked to two particular stories f...