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by Ben C. Smith
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:40 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Iraneus and Polycarp
Replies: 12
Views: 229

Re: Iraneus and Polycarp

The dove may well link back to Jesus' baptism, agreed. But it also plays into another motif I didn't see the need to wrestle Peregrinus into this discussion [I'm honestly tired of talking about him myself. And I was writing a book about him! lol] But consider the Phoenix that would die and rise alo...
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Jan 23, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Nazarene Christianity
Replies: 22
Views: 584

Re: Nazarene Christianity

Hi John2 I think the reason for me is that he was accused of breaking the law by the pharisees etc And he did do some stuff that appeared to go against the traditions. now you might say the traditions isn't the law , yes that's true but then it gets into the fine line between relaxing traditions ye...
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Jan 23, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Iraneus and Polycarp
Replies: 12
Views: 229

Re: Iraneus and Polycarp

The image that is portrayed from the writings of these Church Fathers - and again we have to remember that these are just words - is that it is taken for granted that 'the Holy Spirit' is a living being which moved or transmigrated from body to body. The individual martyrs died (martyrs used in the...
by Ben C. Smith
Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Iraneus and Polycarp
Replies: 12
Views: 229

Re: Iraneus and Polycarp

Does Iraneus say that he heard from Polycarp that he knew the direct apostles of Jesus or does Iraneus say that he heard from the churches that Polycarp knew the apostles of Jesus? This is what we have from Irenaeus about Polycarp: Irenaeus, Against Heresies 3.3.4: But Polycarp also was not only di...
by Ben C. Smith
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Tertullian and the Alexamenos graffito
Replies: 7
Views: 228

Re: Tertullian and the Alexamenos graffito

That's very interesting. But I don't think there is an etymological link with ὄνος. Probably not, but linguistic puns and false etymologies were rampant in antiquity. ETA: I remember that decades ago a US public figure used the term "niggardly" with reference to a budget or some such; he was castig...
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Not Enough Papias
Replies: 5
Views: 347

Re: Not Enough Papias

2. Papias was a chiliast, and chiliasm fell out of favor at about the time of Constantine. Is that ever discussed or explained by Eusebius or others who might have been involved in such a change in theology or doctrine? Eusebius was probably just following in the footsteps of Origen and other early...
by Ben C. Smith
Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Not Enough Papias
Replies: 5
Views: 347

Re: Not Enough Papias

I have a specific question about Papias. We are told that he wrote five volumes. Yet for hundreds of years, the only testimonies from early writers involve the same few “facts”. In some instances they even state that they’re quoting from Papias’ “book 2” or “book 5” or whatever, but they rarely off...
by Ben C. Smith
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: One of the two witnesses of Revelation was called Jesus/Joshua
Replies: 23
Views: 861

Re: One of the two witnesses of Revelation was called Jesus/Joshua

The two witnesses found in Revelation 11 is derived from Zechariah chapters 2 to 4 See https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WpWPIkkAJTs5TwltRfbNawE7pXKsqTHo/view Jesus/Joshua and Zerubabel. If you look at what they were doing in Zechariah, they were rebuilding the temple in Zechariah and caring for it ...
by Ben C. Smith
Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: An ancient Cathar text reveals that John the Baptist pointed Jesus as the Lamb of God to move the Jews to kill him
Replies: 16
Views: 630

Re: An ancient Cathar text reveals that John the Baptist pointed Jesus as the Lamb of God to move the Jews to kill him

We all know the story: 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “ Behold, the Lamb of God , who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29) An ancient Cathar text reveals that the demiurgical John the Baptist pointed Jesus as the Lamb of God to move the Jews to kill him. The evil ...
by Ben C. Smith
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Understanding the Christian Story
Replies: 24
Views: 2087

Re: Understanding the Christian Story

I agree, but the description of Paul as being Torah observant in Acts is in keeping with what he says [in our canon which the Marcionites say was interpolated by "Judaizers"] in 1 Cor. 9:20: And? Are you trying to tell me that the Marcionites were so irrational that they had an explicit confirmatio...