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by Diogenes the Cynic
Mon Jun 14, 2021 10:07 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What was Marcion's Gospel?
Replies: 63
Views: 4059

Re: What was Marcion's Gospel?

I am persuaded by the theory that Luke is an expansion/rescension of Marcion's Gospel rather than Marcion being an edited version of Luke. The latter doesn't really make much sense and is supported by no evidence but the accusations of hostile opponents who themselves were in no position to know whi...
by Diogenes the Cynic
Mon Jun 14, 2021 9:53 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: If the synoptic gospels are three different translations of a common Hebrew or Aramaic source
Replies: 115
Views: 6880

Re: If the synoptic gospels are three different translations of a common Hebrew or Aramaic source

On the other hand, there is some work completed by a French scholar that shows if one replaces much of the Greek text of Mark and Matthew with Hebrew/Aramaic then one does encounter a significant number of puns and various wordplays that do not appear in the Greek. This is easy to do if you get to ...
by Diogenes the Cynic
Mon Jun 14, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: If the synoptic gospels are three different translations of a common Hebrew or Aramaic source
Replies: 115
Views: 6880

Re: If the synoptic gospels are three different translations of a common Hebrew or Aramaic source

If we go by what church writers say, Mark was written by a follower of Peter, and I assume Peter spoke Hebrew (and/or Aramaic) and needed help with Greek (as per 1 Peter 5:12, which I think is genuine, and as Josephus did), and Mark's gospel would effectively be a translation of a Hebrew or Aramaic...
by Diogenes the Cynic
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How did Matthew and Luke get the name of Joseph of Nazareth?
Replies: 38
Views: 61091

Re: How did Matthew and Luke get the name of Joseph of Nazareth?

Luke's narrative was not part of Marcion's Gospel and was probably a later addition. The Lucan redactor probably just took the name from Matthew's Nativity. Where Matthew got it, who knows? Messiah ben Joseph, maybe
by Diogenes the Cynic
Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Thomas L Brodie on Ehrman's 'Did Jesus Exist?'and oral traditions
Replies: 53
Views: 54311

Re: Thomas L Brodie on Ehrman's 'Did Jesus Exist?'and oral traditions

I wish I could get his book on Kindle. I'm glad he's calling out supposed underlying "oral tradition" for the wishful thinking that it really is.
by Diogenes the Cynic
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Some questions about the Bethany/Anointing narratives in the Gospels.
Replies: 32
Views: 31364

Re: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Some questions about the Bethany/Anointing narratives in the Gospels.

Why does Luke change the anointing from the head to the feet? Is Luke uncomfortable with the anointing of the head because of its latently subversive political/regnal implications? Is he uncomfortable with a woman doing the anointing? Why does Luke alone ignore the issue of the expense of the oil a...
by Diogenes the Cynic
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Some questions about the Bethany/Anointing narratives in the Gospels.
Replies: 32
Views: 31364

Re: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Some questions about the Bethany/Anointing narratives in the Gospels.

I have a theory. On his first visit to the big smoke, Jesus went to a prossie for a 'massage' and the gospel writers covered up this embarrassing incident by making it all symbolic. I look at it as "repurposing" a story that Jesus had allowed a woman to anoint his head. That story could h...
by Diogenes the Cynic
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Some questions about the Bethany/Anointing narratives in the Gospels.
Replies: 32
Views: 31364

Re: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Some questions about the Bethany/Anointing narratives in the Gospels.

Diogenes, what do you suppose? I honestly can't come up with a conclusion that I would bet money on, but my first intuition has always been that it remembers some kind of genuine historical spat that is now being apologized for, This assumes historicity for Jesus, of course, but my hypothesis is th...
by Diogenes the Cynic
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Some questions about the Bethany/Anointing narratives in the Gospels.
Replies: 32
Views: 31364

Re: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Some questions about the Bethany/Anointing narratives in the Gospels.

Paul the Uncertain wrote: Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:16 am

That's just John. And if my gaydar is at all calibrated, Mary B. is wasting her time with John's Jesus.
So you believe that whole thing about "feet" being code for something else?
by Diogenes the Cynic
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Some questions about the Bethany/Anointing narratives in the Gospels.
Replies: 32
Views: 31364

Re: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Some questions about the Bethany/Anointing narratives in the Gospels.

archibald wrote: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:47 am Your book is not going to sell as many copies as mine will.
How did you know I was writing a book?