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by billd89
Fri Dec 03, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: JUSTIN MARTYR DIALOGUE WITH TRYPHO, CH. XLVII
Replies: 6
Views: 98

Re: 'Circumcision of the Heart'

Justin is saying to Trypho that an otherwise 'observant Jew' who has fully accepted Christ will be saved, as long as he isnt forcing Jewish (non-Christ) institutions on Gentiles for salvation. As in Romans 2:29: "circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter (i.e. the ...
by billd89
Thu Dec 02, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Buried clues about early Christianity from the context of Pliny’s letters?
Replies: 64
Views: 17892

Date

I see that you're "working on it", good. Is the dating of Philip moving towards 0 CE? My Reply is 6 months old. My first mention of the topic was a year ago, not too long after I joined this forum. I'm fairly convinced that Christians and Chrestians are NOT identical. The Chrestiani were ...
by billd89
Wed Dec 01, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why the Coptic Gospels are not Gnostic
Replies: 6
Views: 182

Re: Why not 'Gnostic'?

1. No text, which affirms the basic reality and sanctity of incarnate life, can properly be labeled ‘Gnostic’. Because everything thereafter hinges upon this statement, as a True/False, it must be absolutely correct (i.e. w/o exceptions or qualifications. That's implicit in the mathematical equatio...
by billd89
Sun Nov 28, 2021 5:10 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What defines a text as Christian?
Replies: 12
Views: 468

P.Bas. 2.43 (additional speculation on Theadelphia in Fayum)

https://phys.org/news/2019-07-world-oldest-autograph-christian-basel.html Regarding P.Bas. 2.43: Kyrios wasn't exclusively Xian, though; it was common for Serapis also. However, 'Paulus' is suggestive of a Xian I agree. The letter contains indications that in the early third century {c.220 AD}, Chr...
by billd89
Sun Nov 28, 2021 4:57 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Gary Goldberg's new article on the Testimonium Flavianum
Replies: 9
Views: 283

Re: Goldberg on the Testimonium Flavianum

So: Josephus, composing in 93 AD, had a Q-Luke (or Luke 24?) before him. The implication(s) being: 1) Since Josephus would not have had a brand-new Xian work in hand, but smthg which had circulated for years, reasonably 10-20 years, so Q-Luke was likely composed c.70-85 AD. 2) Q-Luke (85 AD) based o...
by billd89
Fri Nov 26, 2021 12:08 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: New thoughts on the Book of Revelation
Replies: 28
Views: 655

Hipster Troll imitated Luther Blissett Project?

Apparently in order to support a historicist view, Russell writes: Large groups of people believe and promote the most unbelievable ideas. As a relevant example, America is currently in the grips of an autocratic / neo-fascist movement seeking to undermine American democratic institutions that is f...
by billd89
Wed Nov 24, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What defines a text as Christian?
Replies: 12
Views: 468

What defines a text as Jewish?

Several 19th C. texts have been cited above. I am examining a well-known spiritual book from the Early 20th C. which is widely considered "Xian" but in fact is not . If there's no Jesus, Son of God, Saviour of Mankind, died on the cross and was resurrected, etc., then it simply isn't "...
by billd89
Wed Nov 24, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Gullotta and Hurtado versus Carrier: a 'dialogue' between deaf
Replies: 233
Views: 8973

Why scream about the meanings of English words in trans?

Philippians 2:6: "...who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, (2:7) but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness." Berean Study Bible, Philippians 2:7: “but emptied Himself, taking the form of a ...
by billd89
Wed Nov 24, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: the Gospel of Philip says 'Chrestian' most of the time, whereas every translation says 'Christian'
Replies: 31
Views: 898

I haven't Disagreed w/ Your Premise, mlinssen

Adding little to this thread and again mentioning this blog . I should like to see this claim documented more fully. Link(s)? In the Hellenistic Mysteries, presumably the Eleusinian Mysteries but perhaps others as well, a ‘chrestos’ was a neophyte and a ‘christos’ an initiate. I have quoted smthg i...
by billd89
Tue Nov 23, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: the Gospel of Philip says 'Chrestian' most of the time, whereas every translation says 'Christian'
Replies: 31
Views: 898

'Chrestian' is NOT identical to 'Christian', here

67:26 - This power the apos­tles 25 called "the right and the left." '-For this person is no longer a CHRESTIAN but ' a Christ. 74:14 - The chrism is superior' to baptism, for it is from the word "chrism"' that we have been called "Christians," certainly not because 15...