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by Jax
Thu Aug 05, 2021 4:14 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus
Replies: 241
Views: 12801

Re: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus

OK - so an historical Paul could have found himself, as a non-Roman, Jewish citizen of Judaea, conscripted into the Roman military - albeit as a cook or tent maker. That then takes him travelling - and as you suggest - to places that later feature in the Paul of the epistles foreign journeys/letter...
by Jax
Wed Aug 04, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus
Replies: 241
Views: 12801

Re: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus

Paul, re the NT, was in Damascus when the city was under control of Aretas III. The dating for Aretas III in Damascus is 85 to 72 b.c. and 69 to 64/63 b.c. These dates place Paul within Hasmonean history. Alexander Jannaeus, 103 - 76 b.c., was involved with Aretas III. Hyrcanus II and Aristobulus I...
by Jax
Tue Aug 03, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus
Replies: 241
Views: 12801

Re: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus

Sorry about that - without checking - I would think all lst century in this post is lst century B.C. OK - edited earlier post to add B.C. I thought so. Just wanted to clarify. As far as 63 BCE goes I believe that Paul would have been in Cilicia, doing what I have no idea, a secret part of me wants ...
by Jax
Tue Aug 03, 2021 12:47 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus
Replies: 241
Views: 12801

Re: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus

Thanks for that info. OK - other options besides the hired gun mercenary :D The historical events of 63 b.c. and 37 b.c. are a problem for a historical Paul being part of a Roman military force in the first century. One could assume he had no interest in what the Roman's were doing in his homeland ...
by Jax
Tue Aug 03, 2021 12:05 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus
Replies: 241
Views: 12801

Re: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus

Thanks Mary, it was my passion for a while, my blood ran hot with the pursuit. :) Thank you also for your thoughtful reply. As far as Jewish combatants fighting for foreign powers, both as auxiliaries and mercenaries, this is well attested to in the histories of the period. If I'm not mistaken, Jew...
by Jax
Tue Aug 03, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus
Replies: 241
Views: 12801

Re: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus

Thanks Mary, it was my passion for a while, my blood ran hot with the pursuit. :) Thank you also for your thoughtful reply. As far as Jewish combatants fighting for foreign powers, both as auxiliaries and mercenaries, this is well attested to in the histories of the period. If I'm not mistaken, Jew...
by Jax
Tue Aug 03, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus
Replies: 241
Views: 12801

Re: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus

OK thanks - I'll look at the links later this evening. As someone here that has an interest and background in the history of the 1st century BCE, I really look forward to any and all critical observations that you can level onto this subject. :cheers: Lane OK, Lane, here is my take on your Paul the...
by Jax
Mon Aug 02, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus
Replies: 241
Views: 12801

Re: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus

maryhelena wrote: Mon Aug 02, 2021 6:05 am OK thanks - I'll look at the links later this evening.
As someone here that has an interest and background in the history of the 1st century BCE, I really look forward to any and all critical observations that you can level onto this subject. :cheers:

Lane
by Jax
Mon Aug 02, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus
Replies: 241
Views: 12801

Re: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus

Mary, I would just like to add that at present I am vetting the earliest copies of Paul that I can find in the original Greek to help remove any uncertainty in the wording of the letters that we now have due to 'helpful' translating and theology.

Wish me luck. :)
by Jax
Mon Aug 02, 2021 6:53 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus
Replies: 241
Views: 12801

Re: Carrier, Aretas and Damascus

Mary, have you ever read any of my stuff investigating the possibility of Paul in a BCE setting? Would be happy to link you if you're interested. Lane I don't know the ins and outs of your theory on Paul - just picked up a hint or two that you find a B.C. setting for Paul of interest. So, let me ha...