The Epistle of Barnabas: Evidence for Mythicism

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Re: The Epistle of Barnabas: Evidence for Mythicism

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I think it is probable that Barnabas knew Matthew. Barnabas says
let us give heed, lest haply we be found, as the scripture saith [as it is written], many are called but few are chosen.
Compare Matthew 22:14
“For many are called, but few are chosen
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Re: The Epistle of Barnabas: Evidence for Mythicism

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andrewcriddle wrote: Wed Aug 25, 2021 7:47 pm I think it is probable that Barnabas knew Matthew. Barnabas says
let us give heed, lest haply we be found, as the scripture saith [as it is written], many are called but few are chosen.
Compare Matthew 22:14
“For many are called, but few are chosen

For many are invited

may allude to Zephaniah 1:7:

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord,
for the day of the Lord is near.
The Lord has prepared a sacrifice;
he has consecrated those he has invited.

and

but few are chosen

may allude to the Book of Watchers (1 Enoch 1-36).

See here:

For both Matthew and 1 Enoch, the dynamic of "many invited, few chosen" operated without regard to the Jew/Gentile division.

https://www.jstor.org/stable/43727522?s ... b_contents
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Re: The Epistle of Barnabas: Evidence for Mythicism

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RE: Epistle of Barnabas (11:3)

Is My holy mountain of Sinai a desert rock?
For ye shall be as the fledglings of a bird,
which flutter aloft when deprived of their nest.

What is this verse in the oldest attainable Greek?
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Re: The Epistle of Barnabas: Evidence for Mythicism

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andrewcriddle wrote: Wed Aug 25, 2021 7:47 pm I think it is probable that Barnabas knew Matthew. Barnabas says
let us give heed, lest haply we be found, as the scripture saith [as it is written], many are called but few are chosen.
Compare Matthew 22:14
“For many are called, but few are chosen
Andrew Criddle
I think that’s improbable. If “Barnabas” had known gMatthew, he would have attribtued the saying to Jesus, about whom he is so interested and has so much to say. He does attribute preaching to Jesus, but no specific preaching.

It seems anachronistic, moreover, to suppose that an early 2nd century author would refer to the words of Jesus and say “it is written,” as though the Gospels not only existed at this time but had been so thoroughly accepted that it would suffice to say, “it is written.” Some other source is more likely.
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