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by rakovsky
Mon Jul 19, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Evidence Christianity started as mythicist
Replies: 107
Views: 84580

Re: Evidence Christianity started as mythicist

Suppose that the 12 or 70 apostles and Paul in 35 to 49 AD were going around Judea and the Mideast proclaiming Jesus. It would be much harder for them if there were no real Jesus person at all. People in Nazareth would say that they never heard of Jesus, Mary, etc. and dismiss it as a myth immediate...
by rakovsky
Mon Jul 19, 2021 10:49 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: "James the Just": What is the origin of the phrase?
Replies: 69
Views: 3908

Re: "James the Just": What is the origin of the phrase?

The discussion Ken linked to referred to Hegessippus, who wrote in his BOOK V of his 5 volume work: James, the Lord's brother, succeeds to the government of the Church, in conjunction with the apostles. He has been universally called the Just, from the days of the Lord down to the present time. For ...
by rakovsky
Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Having It Both Ways With Secret Mark
Replies: 91
Views: 10936

Re: Having It Both Ways With Secret Mark

Arguments in favor of authenticity: 1. No substantiated evidence of fraud, deception, immoral conduct associated with Morton Smith 2. The document was available for analysis but never examined until 1983 3. It was examined for an extended period of time by one of its harshest critics with no result...
by rakovsky
Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Is the Egyptian god Seth related to the Israelites?
Replies: 4
Views: 634

Re: Is the Egyptian god Seth related to the Israelites?

There are some long articles that discuss the topic. The following Open Court article talks about the connection that at least some people (eg. Sethian Gnostics) made between Seth and Christ: Anubis, Seth, and Christ. The Significance of the " Spott-Crucifix. "—The Religious Significance o...
by rakovsky
Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A Suggestion for Revising the Early Writings' Entry for Secret Mark
Replies: 184
Views: 131461

Re: A Suggestion for Revising the Early Writings' Entry for Secret Mark

Thanks. Is Ben speaking theoretically, or did he find close hits of that type of construction? There is a Greek linguist in Athens with whom we discussed the heavenly witnesses grammar who would likely would know the answer to this question, just from his varied Greek background. Are there any exam...
by rakovsky
Sat Jun 05, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: When did Israel become strictly monotheist?
Replies: 5
Views: 593

Re: When did Israel become strictly monotheist?

There is a theory that Israel was not "strictly" monotheistic, as there are indications for example that it recognized other, foreign "gods" as existing, but that it didn't consider them to be "God."
by rakovsky
Sat Jun 05, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Is the Egyptian god Seth related to the Israelites?
Replies: 4
Views: 634

Is the Egyptian god Seth related to the Israelites?

- Adam's son Seth as living in the same period as the Egyptian god Seth was being recorded in our first Egyptian records found: Alexander Seinfeld writes: According to Wikipedia, The earliest representations of what may be the Set animal comes from a tomb dating to the Naqada I phase of the Predyna...
by rakovsky
Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A Suggestion for Revising the Early Writings' Entry for Secret Mark
Replies: 184
Views: 131461

Re: A Suggestion for Revising the Early Writings' Entry for Secret Mark

Further, as I wrote in this thread, "Secret Mark" uses at least one English idiom word choice and word order ("And he remained with him that night" vs. the Biblical Greek manner of speech of "And with him (they) remained that (day)" (John 1:39). If this word order is u...
by rakovsky
Sat May 29, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A Suggestion for Revising the Early Writings' Entry for Secret Mark
Replies: 184
Views: 131461

Re: Seven Veils (Garments of Shame)

Was the 'Secret Gospel of Mark' (assumed) composed c.125 or as late as 170 AD, w/ Melchizedek purged already? It was certainly written in the 20th century when Morton Smith "discovered" it (wink). The supposed "Letter to Theodore" has Clement of Alexandria saying that you should...