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by Ben C. Smith
Sat Sep 26, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Nasaraeans, Mandaeans, Enochic Judaism, & Christianity.
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: Nasaraeans, Mandaeans, Enochic Judaism, & Christianity.

It's the only one that matters. Like finding the clitoris when you're an 18 year old male. What, you think the heavens themselves laid out on the veil of the temple mean nothing in this regard? I beg to differ. ETA: A modest collection of biblical passages concerning astrological worship in Israel ...
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Sep 26, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Matthew 21.1-11, the jenny, and the colt.
Replies: 6
Views: 93

Re: Matthew 21.1-11, the jenny, and the colt.

Say what you will about S. C. Carlson, but he is pretty darned good at solving individual, longstanding problems in the New Testament texts. He posted two articles (a part 1 and a part 2) recently to his Academia.edu page, and I think he has figured out what is going on in Matthew with the triumpha...
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Nasaraeans, Mandaeans, Enochic Judaism, & Christianity.
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: Nasaraeans, Mandaeans, Enochic Judaism, & Christianity.

But how would the Jews be associated with the seven planets? Mazel Tov! Good one. Forgot about that: Philo, Life of Moses 2.21.102-103: 102 The candlestick was placed on the southern side of the tabernacle, since by it the maker intimates, in a figurative manner, the motions of the stars which give...
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Sep 26, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Matthew 21.1-11, the jenny, and the colt.
Replies: 6
Views: 93

Re: Matthew 21.1-11, the jenny, and the colt.

Say what you will about S. C. Carlson, but he is pretty darned good at solving individual, longstanding problems in the New Testament texts. He posted two articles (a part 1 and a part 2) recently to his Academia.edu page, and I think he has figured out what is going on in Matthew with the triumpha...
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Sep 26, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Nasaraeans, Mandaeans, Enochic Judaism, & Christianity.
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Nasaraeans, Mandaeans, Enochic Judaism, & Christianity.

I have been trying to better understand recently the sect which Epiphanius designates as Nasaraeans, an endeavor which has led me down quite a few paths, some of them unexpected: Epiphanius, Panarion 18.1.1-5: Against Nasaraeans [Νασαραίων], sect five from Judaism but eighteen of the series. 1.1 Nex...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Matthew 21.1-11, the jenny, and the colt.
Replies: 6
Views: 93

Re: Matthew 21.1-11, the jenny, and the colt.

Secret Alias wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:49 pm
Methinks Ben = Carlson but it has made me like Stephen. So good has come out of it (my guessing-game).
Yes, you caught me. I am Stephen Carlson, and this thread is another shameless self promotion.
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Sep 25, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Mark was Bishop of Alexandria c. 136 CE?
Replies: 11
Views: 139

Re: Mark was Bishop of Alexandria c. 136 CE?

8. But Justin was especially prominent in those days. In the guise of a philosopher he preached the divine word, and contended for the faith in his writings. He wrote also a work against Marcion, in which he states that the latter was alive at the time he wrote. 9. He speaks as follows: And there i...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Matthew 21.1-11, the jenny, and the colt.
Replies: 6
Views: 93

Matthew 21.1-11, the jenny, and the colt.

Say what you will about S. C. Carlson, but he is pretty darned good at solving individual, longstanding problems in the New Testament texts. He posted two articles (a part 1 and a part 2) recently to his Academia.edu page, and I think he has figured out what is going on in Matthew with the triumphal...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Wisdom of Sirach 15.14 and the intent of humankind.
Replies: 0
Views: 44

Wisdom of Sirach 15.14 and the intent of humankind.

Interesting apparent interpolation into this verse: Wisdom of Sirach 15.14: 14 In the beginning He created man [Hebrew + “and He placed him into the hand of his abductor”], and He gave him into the hand of his own intent. / {Greek:] 14 αὐτὸς ἐξ ἀρχῆς ἐποίησεν ἄνθρωπον, καὶ ἀφῆκεν αὐτὸν ἐν χειρὶ διαβ...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:10 am
Forum: Jewish Texts and History
Topic: Essenes and Essaeans (for Stephen Goranson).
Replies: 12
Views: 484

Re: Essenes and Essaeans (for Stephen Goranson).

If interested in tracing who used different spellings of Nazarenes also beyond NT, A. F. J. Klijn and G. J. Reinink, Patristic Evidence for Jewish-Christian Sects (Leiden: Brill, 1973) is helpful. (Maybe also “Nazarenes,” in Anchor Bible Dictionary.) (I currently have a text file full of quotes and...