Stuart wrote: ↑Sun May 02, 2021 11:56 pm
This is a guess, an opinion, nothing more
We're all merely guessing, and giving our opinions, in cases like these. I like how you sketch the broad outlines, and I agree with that
Stories never come from out of nowhere, they have to relate to something. It's like a bad joke: a bad joke is something that you either can't relate to at all, or is a distortion of the truth to an extent that is just too great: there must be cores of truth to a story, a joke, anything
I think all of Josephus is a fabrication, I can't imagine that the Roman army would have trouble kicking the Judeans' ass. So he had to go back to Pompey and make it look big because he had to make 65-70 look big because the alleged prophecy of the temple destruction, a distortion of logion 71, had to come true
There was no war in 66-70, I really like Mason and other researchers: the coins show tourist scenes, just love peace and happiness. There was no temple destruction either, all we have is the depiction of a menorah in the arch of Titus. The funny thing is that even the entire parade in Josephus is devoid of any and all objects from Judea - as devoid of those as the alleged miracles of the alleged Jesus are devoid of persistence, and only lasted a few hours at best
It is all one great hoax from start to end, and no matter how often they got their dates wrong, their locations, their names, their Latin loanwords: people just have to believe it because they don't want to admit that they've been fooled, and screwed - royally
Does anyone here touch my peculiar cases?
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No, because there's nothing to derail them with.
There's nothing that can be brought against them.
There's only hard-core textual criticism to them.
Theta only one explanation possible - but that's not a very convenient one, so the posts don't get touched
Because at the end of the day, most of the usual suspects here are only interested in reading what they write themselves, and upholding that status quo
We had a joke back at Capgemini in the 00's when knowledge management was a hype, and we had a huge kind of forum / plaza, called KNew!
The write-only KNew is what we called it, because it was just one big mess of documents and posts, utter chaos, copy-paste stuff, rehashing of ideas without beginning or end
Well, these are the write-only EW, where people mostly post irrelevant nitty gritty omphaloskepsisms, preferably in long posts with a lot of quotes and copies of texts, and Greek to go because it looks sexy
I really like your idea Stuart and it stands out, and I find it so strange that none of those pre-stories have ever been found - so I'm inclined to think that there weren't many, if any
Think about it: what could be left out of Josephus? Perhaps a nice topic for a new thread