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by billd89
Tue Dec 07, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: new article on Jean Hardouin
Replies: 6
Views: 673

Re: on Kooks, Generally

"More information is available more quickly than ever before. In many ways, that’s good. But it has also led to paranoia, suspicion, and conspiracy theorizing, from such sources as QAnon, Mark Crispin Miller, and the anti-vaccination community. Those who subscribe to these theories are “doing ...
by billd89
Sun Dec 05, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Morton Smith's Girlfriend's Daughter Dies
Replies: 8
Views: 251

Ten years? Impressive

You've been banging this drum a looooong time.

I know nothing of Smith's sexuality, and the homosexual charge always struck me as outright character assassination.
by billd89
Sun Dec 05, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Morton Smith's Girlfriend's Daughter Dies
Replies: 8
Views: 251

Re: Morton Smith's Girlfriend?

'Beard', in the parlance of the day :lol:
by billd89
Fri Dec 03, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: "Gentiles...circumcised from [their] error by Christ [i.e. Iesous the Christ]", JUSTIN, DIAL., CH. XLVII
Replies: 8
Views: 244

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: 71
Views: 18280

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: 195

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: 483

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: 307

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: 29
Views: 769

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: 483

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 "...