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by billd89
Sat Oct 16, 2021 5:32 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is it correct to talk about a Gospel legend?
Replies: 3
Views: 84

This Kind of Post Triggers My OCD lol

A story about a person who certainly lived (e.g. Geo. Washington and the Cherry Tree) can be "legendary": True OR False. A story about a mythical character is only legendary. All of the Bible is legendary , I believe. That doesn't necessarily equate to False in all the details, however. Th...
by billd89
Sat Oct 16, 2021 3:55 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Alexandria-Relevant 1st C AD Timeline (subject-to-change)
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: Alexandria-Relevant 1st C AD Timeline

Yes. It is. (The scholarship around that, supposing Apollos was a real person, etc. I have taken at face value.)
We start with what we've got.
by billd89
Sat Oct 16, 2021 3:51 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Where Does the Christos Myth come from?
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Where Does the Christos Myth come from?

Jesus either a) antedates or b) postdates the Christos Myth. Or c) there is only Jesus = Christos, the Xian Assumption. I believe b) is correct, as I've posted in so many other threads/replies. And 'because Jesus comes later', it's fair to ask where the (perhaps 'gnostic') Christos Myth originates. ...
by billd89
Fri Oct 15, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Alexandria-Relevant 1st C AD Timeline (subject-to-change)
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: Alexandria-Relevant 1st C AD Timeline

I like the ideas and timeline, but aren't you taking Acts at facevalue? I have never considered 'Acts.' Should I? Forgive me (I know I'm on a Bible forum), but my own interest here is (mostly) 'Jewish' and 200 BC-150 AD: Alexandrian Judaism, Judeo-Egyptian culture, Jewish Gnosticism (pre-115 AD), t...
by billd89
Fri Oct 15, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why did the Gnostics use Paul and Gospels?
Replies: 32
Views: 610

I want a 3D map/timescale for The Spread of Gnosticism

Bild this is insightful. I would ask if transition from a Jewish to Gentile milieu might impact as well. A true gentile gnostic would have no problems adopting an Ialdabaoth demiurge. Is there any evidence of a previous iteration of gnostic thought in the surviving texts? I think there is. Numerous...
by billd89
Thu Oct 14, 2021 2:51 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why did the Gnostics use Paul and Gospels?
Replies: 32
Views: 610

Re: Gnostic Timeline

To me that's like asking why were any gentiles "bothering" with Judaism and Jewish writings in Greco-Roman times. For various reasons, gentiles in Greco-Roman times were interested in Judaism and Jewish writings (including by extension NT writings), among whom were Gnostics. Was it Plotin...
by billd89
Thu Oct 14, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: Repent! (Which came first, the Chicken or the Egg?)
Replies: 0
Views: 97

Repent! (Which came first, the Chicken or the Egg?)

Albrecht Dieterich, Abraxas: Studien z. Religionsgeschichte d. späteren Altertums (1891), p.134 : The direct influence of Valentin shows especially some parts of Poimandres . Also sentences like this: {A} Τί ἑαυτούς, ὦ ἄνδρες γηγενεῖς, εἰς θάνατον ἐκδεδώκατε, ἔχοντες ἐξουσίαν τῆς ἀθανασίας μεταλαβεῖ...
by billd89
Thu Oct 14, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why did the Gnostics use Paul and Gospels?
Replies: 32
Views: 610

Logically...

I reject the limiting definition of an Ialdaboath Demiurge for ALL Gnostics, although it is a typus for flourishing Classical Gnosticism c.125 AD. I agree with B. Pearson (1973) and follow Friedländer (1889) , mostly: Gnosticism pre-dates Christianity. 1) The Logos Myth precedes Philo Judaeus by sev...
by billd89
Thu Oct 14, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Chrestiani before Christiani
Replies: 5
Views: 190

The Chrestiani, in the 2nd C.

I'm sold. I recall there have been a few threads on this? I posted a Reply . In later time, when Christianity had finally triumphed, the spelling χρηστιανός {=chrestianos} was proscribed as heretical.” That's interesting. When was "Chrestian" proscribed as heretical, and why? I'd be inter...
by billd89
Wed Oct 13, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Chrestiani before Christiani
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Yes.

I'm sold. I recall there have been a few threads on this? I posted a Reply.

In later time, when Christianity had finally triumphed, the spelling χρηστιανός {=chrestianos} was proscribed as heretical.”

Destroy that history!