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by billd89
Sun Mar 21, 2021 5:38 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Buried clues about early Christianity from the context of Pliny’s letters?
Replies: 60
Views: 17192

Re: #s from the context of Pliny’s letter

Here is the text of the letters mentioning Christians from the Early Christian Writings archive (http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/pliny.html): Pliny the Younger, Letters 10.96-97 Pliny the Younger to the Emperor Trajan ... For the matter seemed to me to warrant consulting you, especially becau...
by billd89
Fri Mar 19, 2021 10:13 pm
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: the Sethians
Replies: 11
Views: 14924

Re: the Sethians

I found a treasure trove of assembled Gnostic-related scholarship, from a uni syllabus (which may disappear soon), impermanent. Save it while you can ... I'm interested in the oldest 'Jewish' material: the Chaldean/Samaritan Sethian doctrines that likely appeared c.100-50 BC as a radical allegoresis...
by billd89
Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Looking for passage: angel of the council...
Replies: 9
Views: 2201

You've lost me.

I havent referred to the "online text" Criddle is referring to. Everyone here is referring to the Excerpta Ex Theodoto. I'm not seeing Encycl. Britt's 'error' either, if that's what you've conflated. The Gnosis link was resolved (if this is what your Note addresses?) years ago. That update...
by billd89
Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Looking for passage: angel of the council...
Replies: 9
Views: 2201

Problem: the Text is a mishmash, caveat lector!

Warning! Don't assume everything is same-same, or that it is all logically-flowing. There is Basilidian, Valentinian, other gnostic plus orthodox material combined here. It's a scrapbook, a somewhat eclectic jumble. So, for a Basilides bit, you will have to research Basilides , etc. That's why I'd w...
by billd89
Fri Mar 19, 2021 7:22 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Looking for passage: angel of the council...
Replies: 9
Views: 2201

The Christ: "angel of the council"?

Clement's Notes, c.200 AD, of older material presumably collected c.175 AD. 43 So they say that those on the right knew the names of Jesus and Christ even before the Advent, but they did not know the power of the sign. And when the Spirit gave all power, and the Pleroma united in praise, he is sent ...
by billd89
Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: On the Epistle to the Hebrews
Replies: 80
Views: 80549

I know I'm in the right place

...in Philo and Qumran in Fred L Horton Jnr's 2015 The Melchizedek Tradition https://books.google.com.au/books?id=2tnEgSfuq_MC&pg=PA54&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=4#v=onepage&q&f=false I received a nice long email from Fred Horton a couple of days ago! A kind gentleman. He said he hasn...
by billd89
Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Gospel of the Hebrews, Dating? (Melchizedek)
Replies: 4
Views: 3026

Re: Gospel of the Hebrews, Dating c.60 AD

I arrived at my own conclusions independently, but this is consistent (if almost a generation earlier than I would guess.) Peter's site offers this: [Ron Cameron, The Other Gospels [1982], p.82] makes these observations on dating and provenance: "The earliest possible date of the composition of...
by billd89
Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Gospel of the Hebrews, Dating? (Melchizedek)
Replies: 4
Views: 3026

Re: Gospel of the Hebrews, Dating? (Melchizedek)

More Bauer: But what sort of Christianity existed in Alexandria-Egypt in the half century {180-230 AD} that preceded the victory, backed by Rome, of Demetrius and his policy? At the end of his life {230 AD}, Demetrius fought Origen most vehemently and drove him out of his sphere of activity where he...
by billd89
Wed Mar 17, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Gospel of the Hebrews, Dating? (Melchizedek)
Replies: 4
Views: 3026

Gospel of the Hebrews, Dating? (Melchizedek)

Walter Bauer got me thinking. It is quite in harmony with our conception of the original situation in Christian Egypt that the Gospel of the Hebrews clearly displays the heretical trademark. In the fragment preserved by Origen {c.240 AD} , Jesus declares (on an occasion that we can no longer recove...
by billd89
Sun Mar 14, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: dating the gospels?
Replies: 43
Views: 13410

Am I a Terrible Person, to say so?

cora reads like one of the very best trolls in my own little history of the internet.
Her theories are outstanding. I feel blessed, here. Don't change, people!