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by andrewcriddle
Mon Feb 26, 2024 10:46 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Why the Hellenistic era for ALL "Old Testament" books should be taken seriously
Replies: 42
Views: 794

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

Hi Andrew. As you note, the this thread is not about Gmirkin's thesis nor about any of the biblical authors' knowledge of Plato. It is exclusively about the more basic question: the view that the biblical literature was the product of the Hellenistic era. May I respond to some minor points and then...
by andrewcriddle
Mon Feb 26, 2024 9:27 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Problem of Paul and Marcionism
Replies: 102
Views: 38807

Re: Was the Paul-in-Acts a pagan?

Constantine moved the Serpent_Column to Constantinople not the Pythia herself. What makes you say "not the Pythias"? I assumed that the Delphi Pythias came with it as they were a real money-maker. The Wickedpaedia page is mute on that detail. The Pythia was apparently still active at Delp...
by andrewcriddle
Mon Feb 26, 2024 8:46 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

In context Moritz Friedlander is advocating a Hellenistic date for the 'Writings' Ketuvim or Hagiography. For Ecclesiastes I am sure he is right and he may be right for other Ketuvim.

Andrew Criddle
by andrewcriddle
Fri Feb 23, 2024 4:09 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Persecution of heretics?
Replies: 8
Views: 207

Re: Persecution of heretics?

It begs the question of how the orthodox won out. If the heretics were more acceptable to the existing authorities at first, and not persecuted while proto-orthodox were persecuted, how did orthodoxy grow and heresy shrink? One would think that, if nothing else, someone would rather adopt a religio...
by andrewcriddle
Fri Feb 23, 2024 3:54 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Why the Hellenistic era for ALL "Old Testament" books should be taken seriously
Replies: 42
Views: 794

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

This is a comment on Neil's original post in this thread and the issues it raises about general historical methodology. It may not be a response to Neil's position as developed in later posts. In later posts Neil has referred to arguments that the author of the Pentateuch knew Plato et al. I'm going...
by andrewcriddle
Fri Feb 23, 2024 2:46 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Problem of Paul and Marcionism
Replies: 102
Views: 38807

Re: Was the Paul-in-Acts a pagan?

Acts 16 continues with her masters being upset that the woman could no longer sooth-say, so they complained to the authorities and had Paul and Silas arrested. I don't think it leads onto Nero. Also, the woman wasn't a Pythian priestess, just a sooth-sayer. You may be right, but I don't think so: t...
by andrewcriddle
Fri Feb 23, 2024 2:19 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Who were those Freedmen?
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: Who were those Freedmen?

"AJ XVIII 144-145: Agrippa’s ‘noble spirit’ is said to have caused ‘lavishness in giving’ (the latter meant spending money on luxuries and giving bribes to the emperor’s freedmen)" AJ 18.6.1 Now as Agrippa was by nature magnanimous and generous in the presents he made, while his mother wa...
by andrewcriddle
Fri Feb 23, 2024 2:10 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Does Clement Liken the Eucharist to Teachings About the Gospel?
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: Does Clement Liken the Eucharist to Teachings About the Gospel?

Just wondering if anyone had come across an interpretation where the bread = teachings/interpretation of the gospel. This may be relevant Instructor And entertaining this view, we may regard the proclamation of the Gospel, which is universally diffused, as milk; and as meat, faith, which from instr...
by andrewcriddle
Fri Feb 23, 2024 1:56 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Persecution of heretics?
Replies: 8
Views: 207

Re: Persecution of heretics?

I haven't done any research on this, but just making a few inferences from things said by Justin and Irenaeus and others. What do we know about the role of persecution in the elimination of "heretics"? There is a passage in First Apology where Justin says basically that the Marcionites ca...
by andrewcriddle
Fri Feb 16, 2024 2:35 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Bermejo-Rubio and the Titulus Crucis ("King of the Jews")
Replies: 68
Views: 1874

Re: Bermejo-Rubio and the Titulus Crucis ("King of the Jews")

I see that BR is well ready to sacrifice a lot of episodes on the altar of the purely midrashical origin. But what he doesn't sacrifice are, in the order of importance: 3) the titulus crucis google-translation A third relevant aspect is related to the titulus crucis, the tablet that specifies the r...