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by andrewcriddle
Wed Jul 28, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Philippians 3: "persecutor of the church"
Replies: 30
Views: 618

Re: Philippians 3: "persecutor of the church"

I would be especially curious about learning whether Jews during Paul's lifetime would have persecuted other sects of Jews - especially if the potential persecutors were Pharisees. I would imagine the evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls suggests that disputants could say vile things about one anothe...
by andrewcriddle
Wed Jul 28, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Heretic
Replies: 19
Views: 325

Re: Heretic

There were no "heretics" before the emperors imposed laws of religion on the general population. The abuse of the term hairesis in theological polemic prior to 380 CE is not evidence of a social reality. The young Augustine was no heretic during the seven years that he studied with the Ma...
by andrewcriddle
Sun Jul 25, 2021 4:21 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Melito of Sardis’ Peri Pascha and the Site of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Replies: 9
Views: 190

Re: Melito of Sardis’ Peri Pascha and the Site of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

I agree that the high blown rhetoric in Peri Pascha may make firm conclusions difficult. However But now, in the middle of the street and in the middle of the city, at the middle of the day, for all to see, is pretty clearly giving temporal information about when Jesus died, it seems a little forced...
by andrewcriddle
Sun Jul 25, 2021 3:55 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Matthew's gospel first written in Hebrew?
Replies: 83
Views: 51574

Re: Matthew's gospel first written in Hebrew?

I am curious what is the summary of this question? Did Matthew infact write the Gospel first in Hebrew? The statement in Papias probably indicates the existence of an early Aramaic or Hebrew version of Matthew. IMHO this version was based on Greek Matthew rather than the other way round. Andrew Cri...
by andrewcriddle
Sun Jul 18, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dating works in the Coptic language
Replies: 33
Views: 709

Re: Dating works in the Coptic language

When we speak of the date of the earliest coptic texts we are talking of an alphabet for writing late Egyptian rather than the language itself. It is unlikely that there was a 2nd century CE Thomas written in what became the standard Coptic alphabet. As the use of demotic script became less frequent...
by andrewcriddle
Sun Jul 11, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Jesus = Dionysus = Zeus
Replies: 8
Views: 299

Re: Jesus = Dionysus = Zeus

I'm genuinely unclear what you are arguing. My point was that the Wikipedia claim you quoted From these ashes, humanity is born. In Orphic belief, this myth describes humanity as having a dual nature: body (Ancient Greek: σῶμα, romanized: sôma), inherited from the Titans, and a divine spark or soul ...
by andrewcriddle
Sat Jul 10, 2021 3:57 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Rabbi Wise and Antigonus II Mattathias
Replies: 91
Views: 1850

Re: Rabbi Wise and Antigonus II Mattathias

FWIW there is a previous thread about Dio Cassius and Antigonus which may possibly be of interest.
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Andrew Criddle
by andrewcriddle
Sat Jul 10, 2021 3:16 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Jesus = Dionysus = Zeus
Replies: 8
Views: 299

Re: The Greek addition of Oxyrhynchus: buried and raised

Naturally, Layton and chums assume that the Greek fragments of Thomas came prior to the Coptic, notwithstanding the evident evidence (pun!) of the misreading in logion 6 that points to the Greek misreading the Coptic word for heaven () as that for truth () From NAG HAMMADI CODEX 11,2-7, Volume I Sa...
by andrewcriddle
Sun Jul 04, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How Empty Was the Tomb?
Replies: 37
Views: 1156

Re: A response to Mark Goodacre's article:

I think I would probably agree that Melito's in the midst of the city is rhetorical and means no more than somewhere within the city limits . I do have difficulty thinking that Melito would have used this phrase if he believed Jesus died outside the walls of Aelia Capitolina. Andrew Criddle Andrew,...
by andrewcriddle
Sun Jul 04, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How Empty Was the Tomb?
Replies: 37
Views: 1156

Re: A response to Mark Goodacre's article:

One argument for the Holy Sepulchre site is that it was outside the walls of Jerusalem in the time of Tiberius and near the middle of Aelia Capitolina (see Melito) Andrew Criddle Andrew, Stephan Goranson brought up Melito up thread and I linked to my earlier post in a different thread where I deal ...