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by Peter Kirby
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How does the mythical Jesus thing hang together?
Replies: 96
Views: 1598

Re: How does the mythical Jesus thing hang together?

Neither Paul, nor Hebrews is silent about the existence in the past of an earthly & human Jesus. Even if both like to speculate on the post-existent (sometime pre-existent) heavenly Jesus, because here, they can invent all kinds of fascinating attributes tailored to attract & keep converts. However...
by Peter Kirby
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Let the reader understand... Again
Replies: 73
Views: 1084

Re: Let the reader understand... Again

Mark 13:14 So when you see the abomination of desolation standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Some of the discussion seems to imply that the word choice was "those who are in Jerusalem." I believe the word choice is actu...
by Peter Kirby
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Let the reader understand... Again
Replies: 73
Views: 1084

Re: Let the reader understand... Again

There is a minority opinion on the subject that may be worth noting. Edict to Erect Imperial Statue in Temple [39 AD] Now Gaius (Caligula) bore a grudge for being ignored only by the Jews in this respect [i.e., honoring him as divine]. So he sent his legate, Petronius, to Syria to take the rule over...
by Peter Kirby
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Let the reader understand... Again
Replies: 73
Views: 1084

Re: Let the reader understand... Again

Mark 13:14 So when you see the abomination of desolation standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Matthew 24:15-16. So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’[a] spoken of through the...
by Peter Kirby
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How does the mythical Jesus thing hang together?
Replies: 96
Views: 1598

Re: How does the mythical Jesus thing hang together?

Hence the mythical / historical debate -- it exists because of history's silence. Not a bad point, IMO. Everyone in the debate needs to remind themselves of the margin for error. Richard Carrier consistently fell back to an estimate with at least a 30% chance of being wrong, when push came to shove...
by Peter Kirby
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The census tax & the date of the gospel of Mark.
Replies: 34
Views: 607

Re: The census tax & the date of the gospel of Mark.

BTW, for anyone new to the forum, full link privileges kick in at around 3-4 posts. Until then, it's moderated.
by Peter Kirby
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The census tax & the date of the gospel of Mark.
Replies: 34
Views: 607

Re: The census tax & the date of the gospel of Mark.

Hi Ben, et al! It's been a while since we last chatted - and about as long as I went to IIDB forums, I suppose! I can't remember if I ever told you, Ben, but you gave me feedback on a manuscript that ended up getting published in the Journal of Higher Criticism shortly before it went defunct: https...
by Peter Kirby
Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Apostle Rehab: could James or Peter write a line? (of Greek)
Replies: 69
Views: 2482

Re: Apostle Rehab: could James or Peter write a line? (of Gr

Perhaps if we had more evidence, we'd have the letters or tractates in which a usage like the Christian one is found in the DSS. Doing some searching.... Bezalel Porten often puts "brother" in quotes in his collection of Elephantine papyri because it the term can mean virtually any family member (i...
by Peter Kirby
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Classical Texts and History
Topic: What is the oldest reference to astrological ages of Aries / Pisces / etc?
Replies: 20
Views: 1277

Re: What is the oldest reference to astrological ages of Aries / Pisces / etc?

I recommend chilling out and thinking about how to deal with very mild criticism on the internet in the future. This isn't mild criticism. You are being blatantly disingenuous. Not exactly "waiting" -- I have plenty of better things to do and work on -- but, at this point, you and others have made ...
by Peter Kirby
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How early were Christians known as Galileans?
Replies: 22
Views: 626

Re: How early were Christians known as Galileans?

Possibly relevant:

http://peterkirby.com/zealots-aka-galileans.html

(Disclaimer: I don't necessarily agree with what I wrote then, am not endorsing it now, and am not looking for a conversation about it.)