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by StephenGoranson
Fri Sep 17, 2021 5:50 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus
Replies: 236
Views: 9772

Re: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus

2 Cor 11:32-33, I would guess, is not an interpolation. It sounds, imo, like Paul writing. What some kids today might call a humblebrag. And likely historical, Aretas IV seeing Paul as a potential troublemaker. The mention of (historical) Gallio in Acts also seems based on history (not the exact quo...
by StephenGoranson
Fri Sep 17, 2021 5:44 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul --- A Criminal and a Liar
Replies: 15
Views: 387

Re: Paul --- A Criminal and a Liar

Simon Gathercole wrote an article about Paul’s writings that, imo, is good: “The Historical and Human Existence of Jesus in Paul’s Letters,“ Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 16 (2018) 183-212. Here is the abstract: The present article seeks to show that the case for the mythical Jesus i...
by StephenGoranson
Fri Sep 17, 2021 5:01 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Were the Church Fathers 'Philosophers'?
Replies: 18
Views: 476

Re: Were the Church Fathers 'Philosophers'?

Some early Christians were philosophers. Yet Tertullian asked "What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” (The term “philosopher” also has evolved.) If a rough analogy might help. To call Hindu belief/practice/way of life/worldview religion or religions is already importing an outside term (and Lat...
by StephenGoranson
Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:47 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Gospel "according to" ___
Replies: 8
Views: 238

Re: Gospel "according to" ___

Of course the Letter of Aristeas story version that 70 (or 72) Hebrew Bible translators came up with identical Greek texts is a claim that tried to do away with relying on any one individual.
by StephenGoranson
Fri Sep 17, 2021 3:43 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Gospel "according to" ___
Replies: 8
Views: 238

Re: Gospel "according to" ___

As you know, Trobisch continued by observing that “The closest parallel is found in the formula used by Christian authors when referring to various competing Greek translations of the Jewish Scriptures”—by Aquila, by Symmachus, by Theodotion, etc. So it is possible that such titles are neutral, mere...
by StephenGoranson
Tue Sep 14, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Ashurbanipal Library and Torah
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: Ashurbanipal Library and Torah

At JSTOR.org a search for the British Museum’s “Ashurbanipal Library Project” returns some publications, including: The Royal Libraries of Nineveh: New Evidence for King Ashurbanipal's Tablet Collecting Journal Article Grant Frame, A. R. George Iraq, Vol. 67, No. 1, Nineveh. Papers of the 49th Renco...
by StephenGoranson
Sun Sep 05, 2021 6:38 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus
Replies: 236
Views: 9772

Re: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus

Btw, about ad hominem: was “…grounds for dismissing the whole thesis” written in the context of dismissing from the forum a whole poster? And “A genuine educator does not look around to pick on those he deems to be his intellectual inferiors but tries to find ways to make useful criticisms in a cons...
by StephenGoranson
Sun Sep 05, 2021 5:45 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus
Replies: 236
Views: 9772

Re: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus

I, SG, [or "buzzing mosquito," if you prefer, as in the above ad hominem, following two other ad hominem posts] wrote (above in this thread): About 2 Corinthians 11:32-33. If a reader interprets this passage as referring to a “paper apostle” Paul, a “Paul” who supposedly did not actually e...
by StephenGoranson
Fri Sep 03, 2021 4:14 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus
Replies: 236
Views: 9772

Re: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus

In other words, that cherry-picking of what is fiction and not does not cohere into a plausible narrative, much less history.
by StephenGoranson
Fri Sep 03, 2021 3:32 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus
Replies: 236
Views: 9772

Re: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus

Because you (mh) have not explained why the travel of a person that you assert did not exist (Paul) could fictionally travel (actually not-travel) *only* during the non-fictional time that you assert, I am not persuaded. Advice from you (mh) to read history books concerning the post-Hasmonean period...