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by billd89
Wed Oct 13, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Mark's relation to Gnosticism...
Replies: 17
Views: 549

Challenging Thoughts

Of course "Gnosticism" is a somewhat loaded term, and covers a wide range of different views, but in this case I generally mean non-orthodox worshipers of Jesus who believed that the God of the Jews was evil or an oppressor of some kind and that there was a higher God of love and goodness...
by billd89
Tue Oct 12, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Revisiting Philo's Therapeutae and their Context/Timeline
Replies: 17
Views: 7267

Revisiting Philo's Therapeutae: The Poimandres Thesis

Mead 1906: Link Ménard said: "It seems certain that ‘The Shepherd’ {Poimandres} came from that school of Therapeuts of Egypt, who have been often erroneously confounded with the Essenians of Syria and Palestine” (p. lvi)... ‘The Shepherd’ {c.15 AD} should be earlier than (Gnostic Basilides' &am...
by billd89
Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Were the Church Fathers 'Philosophers'?
Replies: 30
Views: 1484

Re: "X is Y!! No, really: IT IS!!!" (Isn't.)

There were surely hundreds of itinerant Xian-type preachers roaming the Eastern Roman Empire in the 120-140 AD period. When the facts really don't match, presume they are different people. It's foolish and wrong to insist otherwise. Marcion was settled collector-librarian type, and probably a canny ...
by billd89
Tue Oct 12, 2021 7:53 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Were the Church Fathers 'Philosophers'?
Replies: 30
Views: 1484

Peregrinus Proteus is NOT Marcion.

Good grief! More than one Xian committed adultery.

And Sinope is nowhere near Parium, shipping isn't farming, studying Cynical Philosophy in Alexandria isn't collecting Xian books, etc. etc.

Lucian of Samosata is abit more reliable with his facts, I think.
by billd89
Tue Oct 12, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Were the Church Fathers 'Philosophers'?
Replies: 30
Views: 1484

Peregrinus Proteus, Church Father at Age 25-30 in 125 AD?

Remember also the portrait of Peregrinus Proteus. Some question where or not Lucian is reporting an actual Christian because of his philosophical rooting. I tend to think it is a generally accurate portrait. Lucian of Samosata (c.170 AD) reported the self-immolation of Cynic philosopher Peregrinus ...
by billd89
Mon Oct 11, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Evidence of a common editor across NT works?
Replies: 21
Views: 945

Re: Lucas credits The Master

<strike>STAR WARS</strike> New Testament Special Edition Imagine if they called it “A New Hope” when it debuted in 1977 😐 https://starwarsintrocreator.kassellabs.io/#!/DMllyaL1GJ-VQnz628vY bSyyqctan2c It is true that Joseph Campbell first became interested in Dr. Carl Jung in the 1920s (Jung's Arch...
by billd89
Mon Oct 11, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: Other Texts and History
Topic: Gnosticism as portrayed by Wm. Blake
Replies: 0
Views: 381

Gnosticism as portrayed by Wm. Blake

Jacob's Ladder as an elegant staircase, with maiden angels https://thehumandivinedotorg.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/screen-shot-2020-11-01-at-21.08.11.jpg?w=396&h=497 The Hermetic/Alchemical Bridal-Chamber (I see Naughty Bits!) https://thehumandivinedotorg.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/screen-shot...
by billd89
Mon Oct 11, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: dating the gospels?
Replies: 43
Views: 13410

Re: Dating the Naassene Sermon

Where Hippolytus' Philosophumena should be dated 225 AD, then the Naassene Sermon should have a probable 'Late Date' of c.150 AD. This, given the time-lag typically witnessed in the decades-long circulation and growing importance of smthg needing to be refuted. But a few points conservatively confir...
by billd89
Mon Oct 11, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Alexandria-Relevant 1st C AD Timeline (subject-to-change)
Replies: 4
Views: 338

Alexandria-Relevant 1st C AD Timeline (subject-to-change)

I know there's enough Xian-relevant material to put this on the Xian Branch, but I'm only interested in the Jewish/Hermetic elements of this Century. Alternate timelines welcome! My own reconstructed/hypothetical First Century AD Alexandria-relevant timeline (best effort context orientation, etc.) w...
by billd89
Mon Oct 11, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: God as Chronos in Philo, Quod Deus Sit Immutabilis 30ff
Replies: 30
Views: 2251

Re: Adon-Apollo & Attis

To that list should be added Attis. Although I cannot see why the Byblos variant should originate from Pessinus in Phrygia (and I do NOT think it does), there's a strong analogy here, at least. Even if I disagree, Bousset has the Attis Myth as the original, noted. Wilhelm Bousset Kyrios Christos [19...