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by billd89
Sat Jul 31, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Philippians 3: "persecutor of the church"
Replies: 38
Views: 933

Exactly This.

Now in the 1980s among the Hutu population of Rwanda there were extremists who had decided that to overthrow the long-time domination of the Hutu majority by the Tutsi minority, "*All Tutsi must die!" This was what folks were caught on camera saying as they hacked their neighbors to death...
by billd89
Fri Jul 30, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Revisiting Philo's Therapeutae and their Context/Timeline
Replies: 16
Views: 6421

'Therapeuts' of Military Descent?

Alexandria [2021]: Jews have been part of the ethnic and religious landscape of Egypt since the 6th Century BCE and inhabited Alexandria from its foundation. Then, “the Macedonian conquest opened the floodgates of a new Jewish immigration to Egypt.” The Letter of Aristeas (Let.Aris.12) in combinati...
by billd89
Fri Jul 30, 2021 6:29 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Imagined Data? (Event in Alexandria, 19 AD?)
Replies: 0
Views: 61

Imagined Data? (Event in Alexandria, 19 AD?)

I'm reading a great deal, multiple PhDs and books simultaneously, and not taking notes, but since I haven't known exactly what I'm looking for, a random factoid (mis)remembered is driving me up the wall. I thought I had read (in E. Mary Smallwood's The Jews Under Roman Rule ) of a small obscure even...
by billd89
Thu Jul 29, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Philippians 3: "persecutor of the church"
Replies: 38
Views: 933

NO persecutions? I'm struggling with this, really

I don't believe Josephus or Philo give us any reason to think that Jewish authorities jailed or whipped, certainly not executed, those who held unconventional views. The only violence that broke out that we know of was between Jews and non-Jews. Roman governance is one of the arguments sometimes us...
by billd89
Mon Jul 26, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: yegads: Holy Moses, Thoth!
Replies: 2
Views: 212

Re: 'Moses' is Myth

I should clarify: when I say 'simple myth' I don't mean 'all false!' Elements may be (partly) accurate. I haven't studied the Moses myth complex at all: I am aware of Jan Assmann's Moses the Egyptian [1998], but I am especially focused upon pre-1938 German-language scholarship. But it is possible th...
by billd89
Sun Jul 25, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: Kings Of Osrhoene; Why Ptolemy Menneus Was Philip Epiphanes, And Christian Origins
Replies: 6
Views: 696

Re: Those $600 Brill titles

...For example, I was lost in a rabbit hole of inscriptions and markings found on holy site at the summit of Mt. Hermon. I got stuck when I found a reference a book written in French and only available in print a major university libraries. I'll hunt it down someday, and I doubt it will be revelato...
by billd89
Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Was Peregrinus really a Christian ?
Replies: 17
Views: 20181

Daniel Völter: any 'recent' critical assessments?

Daniel Voelter {= Daniël Erhard Johannes Völter} (1855-1942) born in Esslingen, Germany and died in Stuttgart, Germany (one imagines, of natural causes.) Lic. Dr. Voelter was a Professor of Theology at Amsterdam, so he is often called a "Dutch Professor". He was educated in Germany (Freibu...
by billd89
Fri Jul 23, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: yegads: Holy Moses, Thoth!
Replies: 2
Views: 212

yegads: Holy Moses, Thoth!

Search of the Forums shows this hasn't been discussed, ever? That Moses=Thoth theory. I have no knowledge of the state of Moses scholarship, but recent articles in the Israeli media suggest the myth of the my childhood has taken a beating. That dirty Egyptian, lol. I for one always loved the Moses s...
by billd89
Wed Jul 21, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Philippians 3: "persecutor of the church"
Replies: 38
Views: 933

Re: Philippians 3: "διώκω of the Assembly"

https://lsj.gr/wiki/διώκω

Agreed, the sense of the verb I'm reading is impelling, urging or pursuing (positively) - like a dog drives sheep.
by billd89
Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:41 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Dating works in the Coptic language
Replies: 33
Views: 731

Re: Dating Coptic

my standpoint - as inconvenient as it is, ...Coptic being written in 1st or 2nd CE is one of those things that isn't widely supported. Isn't there a consensus that Poimandres supposedly comes from the Coptic language? B. Copenhaver agrees with P. Kingsley that F.L. Griffith initially proposed the C...