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by Irish1975
Fri Jul 30, 2021 11:39 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: There is No Remembrance (Qoheleth 1:11)
Replies: 2
Views: 88

Re: There is No Remembrance (Qoheleth 1:11)

Thanks for this. This translation too is strange and awkward, IMO. "The earlier ones" sounds like a clear reference to people, whereas "those that will occur later" is not a felicitous way to speak about human beings. In his stimulating book The Secular Bible , Jacques Berlinerbl...
by Irish1975
Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: There is No Remembrance (Qoheleth 1:11)
Replies: 2
Views: 88

There is No Remembrance (Qoheleth 1:11)

Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes) 1:11 The people of long ago are not remembered, nor will there be any remembrance of people yet to come by those who come after them. NRSV Is there anything more terribly beautiful, or beautifully terrible, in any scripture? I have usually read Ecclesiastes in the KJV. As wi...
by Irish1975
Wed Jul 28, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Heretic
Replies: 19
Views: 392

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 Irish1975
Tue Jul 27, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Robyn Walsh, The Origins of Early Christian Literature
Replies: 57
Views: 1225

Re: Robyn Walsh, The Origins of Early Christian Literature

Not sure whether this is being directly asserted, but FWIW I don’t see how the Jesus of gMark could be interpreted as “a teacher.” He teaches nothing, or rather, nothing that is not basic Judaism. He is a kind of anti-teacher. The parables are meant to keep the people in the dark. The disciples (μα...
by Irish1975
Tue Jul 27, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Robyn Walsh, The Origins of Early Christian Literature
Replies: 57
Views: 1225

Re: Robyn Walsh, The Origins of Early Christian Literature

Have you ever looked up where the word μαθηταὶ comes from? It's rather enjoyable, really; the verb is https://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/morph?l=manqa%2Fnw&la=greek&can=manqa%2Fnw0&prior=maqhth/s&d=Perseus:text:1999.04.0058:entry=maqhth/s&i=1#lexico Our source for "math,&...
by Irish1975
Tue Jul 27, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Robyn Walsh, The Origins of Early Christian Literature
Replies: 57
Views: 1225

Re: Robyn Walsh, The Origins of Early Christian Literature

Not sure whether this is being directly asserted, but FWIW I don’t see how the Jesus of gMark could be interpreted as “a teacher.” He teaches nothing, or rather, nothing that is not basic Judaism. He is a kind of anti-teacher. The parables are meant to keep the people in the dark. The disciples (μαθ...
by Irish1975
Tue Jul 27, 2021 5:52 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Robyn Walsh, The Origins of Early Christian Literature
Replies: 57
Views: 1225

Re: Robyn Walsh, The Origins of Early Christian Literature

For example of one of many earlier: The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel, Helen Bond (2020) Abstract Reading the gospels as ancient biographies makes a profound difference in the way we interpret them. Biography immortalizes the memory of the subject, creating a literary...
by Irish1975
Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Evidence Christianity started as mythicist
Replies: 103
Views: 81959

Re: Evidence Christianity started as mythicist

Tacitus wrote his Germania , his treatise on the supposedly noble German tribes, without having ventured anywhere near the Rhine. Tragically, it became something of an ur-text for modern white supremacy. See the recent book by Christopher Krebs, and Race & Manifest Destiny by Reginald Horsman.
by Irish1975
Mon Jul 26, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Bruno Bauer: The First Skeptical Life of Jesus
Replies: 13
Views: 405

Re: Bruno Bauer: The First Skeptical Life of Jesus

Bruno Bauer is so interesting, as you hear so much of him by reputation but he's so inaccessible if you don't read German. The Gothic script in one of his works I found really put me off too. Usually Bauer is quickly dismissed, but some like Schweitzer treat him with more respect. Another such pers...
by Irish1975
Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Heretic
Replies: 19
Views: 392

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 Man...