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by DCHindley
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The generational prophecy.
Replies: 41
Views: 272

Re: The generational prophecy.

To me, these passages are traces of the rationalizations made to reduce cognitive dissonance caused by the fact that Jesus (assuming he was real and physical) seems to have predicted an imminent coming of the final "age" which did not come as expected. "Reasons" had to be developed to explain this ...
by DCHindley
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The generational prophecy.
Replies: 41
Views: 272

Re: The generational prophecy.

This thread is a continuation of sorts from another recent thread: http://earlywritings.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3804 . The following passages are often treated quite separately, but it seems to me that they deserve to be assessed together, since they appear to be versions of the same basic co...
by DCHindley
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How late might the gospels be?
Replies: 175
Views: 2232

Re: How late might the gospels be?

arch, Just about every angle one can think of has been proposed here. Heck, we could even give R. Eisenman ideas that even he hasn't thought up yet (I'm kidding, R E would win this hands down, and I mean that in a positive way). Regarding theories that posit "time shifting:" In an earlier thread I h...
by DCHindley
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Did Paul sometimes interpolate his own epistles?
Replies: 31
Views: 423

Re: Did Paul sometimes interpolate his own epistles?

Thanks for this Ben, and DCHindley for the Trobisch bits. It is very enlightening. One can definately imagine Paul also creating a letter collection in an effort to 'catholizise' his message and preaching. I can't help but wonder how he would fit it into his theological understanding of himself and...
by DCHindley
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What is the evidence that the crucifixion was an old sacrificial rite?
Replies: 25
Views: 246

Re: What is the evidence that the crucifixion was an old sacrificial rite?

I'm not meaning to be quarrelsome. But I think there is a LOT of distance (both in miles/kilometers & worldview) between what goes on in Alexandria and what goes on in Galatia. In Gatatians I do not see so much a royal figure being portrayed as portrayed as crucified as the divine redeemer, which I...
by DCHindley
Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Some questions about the Bethany/Anointing narratives in the Gospels.
Replies: 32
Views: 547

Re: The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Some questions about the Bethany/Anointing narratives in the Gospels.

I have a theory. On his first visit to the big smoke, Jesus went to a prossie for a 'massage' and the gospel writers covered up this embarrassing incident by making it all symbolic. I look at it as "repurposing" a story that Jesus had allowed a woman to anoint his head. That story could have been i...
by DCHindley
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What is the evidence that the crucifixion was an old sacrificial rite?
Replies: 25
Views: 246

Re: What is the evidence that the crucifixion was an old sacrificial rite?

I think you may be making too much of this. And I think you're missing the point. The issue raised by Giuseppe as to if there was a ritual involving crucifixion is satisfied by Galatians 3:1, wherein Paul states that before their [the Galatians'] eyes, Christ was portrayed as crucified, which would...
by DCHindley
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Essenes, Pharisees, Sadducees, 4th Ph, Therapeutae
Replies: 19
Views: 380

Re: Essenes, Pharisees, Sadducees, 4th Ph, Therapeutae

Right, When Josephus speaks of Essenes being divided between 4 classes after probation, I think he was probably referring to functions within the community, but he does not elaborate. Hippolytus does seem to think this 4 way division refers to a fragmentation of the Essene movement, but neither Phil...
by DCHindley
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What is the evidence that the crucifixion was an old sacrificial rite?
Replies: 25
Views: 246

Re: What is the evidence that the crucifixion was an old sacrificial rite?

The text Acta Pauli et Antonini was specifically addressing performances done just prior to the Kitos revolt, and that Hadrian had ordered them to cease. I don't know if you're acknowledging this point or not, but I felt like reiterating it for clarity's sake. And if this was just a continuation of...
by DCHindley
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What is the evidence that the crucifixion was an old sacrificial rite?
Replies: 25
Views: 246

Re: What is the evidence that the crucifixion was an old sacrificial rite?

This may or may not be relevant, but the Acta Pauli et Antonini does speak of a mock performance by the Alexandrians satirizing Jewish messianic expectations, wherein which an effigy or actor representing the Jewish king would be paraded around, sustaining abuse both verbal and physical. These perf...