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by Ben C. Smith
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: James 1.1 and 2.1.
Replies: 155
Views: 23226

Re: James 1.1 and 2.1.

I don't think Matthew (and Jesus) and James are necessarily dependent on 4Q525, but I see them all as emanating from a Fourth Philosophic milieu. In other words, I think they all "talk the same talk" for that reason, not because Matthew (and Jesus) and James necessarily knew 4Q525. I understand you...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: James 1.1 and 2.1.
Replies: 155
Views: 23226

Re: James 1.1 and 2.1.

Good stuff. Thank you.
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: James 1.1 and 2.1.
Replies: 155
Views: 23226

Re: James 1.1 and 2.1.

Out of curiosity, is there anything in the Dead Sea scrolls or similar Jewish texts that resembles the injunction to ask and receive? Evans compares what Jesus says in Matthew, including 7:7-8, with 4Q525 in Studying the Historical Jesus: Evaluations of the State of Current Research : Blessed are t...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: James 1.1 and 2.1.
Replies: 155
Views: 23226

Re: James 1.1 and 2.1.

Out of curiosity, is there anything in the Dead Sea scrolls or similar Jewish texts that resembles the injunction to ask and receive?
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: James 1.1 and 2.1.
Replies: 155
Views: 23226

Re: James 1.1 and 2.1.

Ben wrote: James 4.3 certainly looks like a reaction to Matthew 7.7-8 = Luke 11.9-10, and not the other way around. It sounds like Matthew 7.7-8 = Luke 11.9-10 was written or spoken first; then people tried to follow its simple principle, and that principle failed (because that is not how life work...
by Ben C. Smith
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: TESTAMENT OF ADAM (1st - 4th c.) Questions
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: TESTAMENT OF ADAM (1st - 4th c.) Questions

Wow. This is impressive. What does Lxx over Jubilees mean? An alternative where one goes by the LXX instead of by Jubilees? The Lxx ages for the ancient patriarchs are much lengthier than they are in the Hebrew MT or the chronology of the book of Jubilees, which totally re-writes the Pentateuch sto...
by Ben C. Smith
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: James 1.1 and 2.1.
Replies: 155
Views: 23226

Re: James 1.1 and 2.1.

Regardless of my hypothesis in this thread that James may have been the source of some of the sayings found on Jesus' lips in the gospels, I have to contend with a bit of implied directionality which may complicate the picture from that point of view: Matthew 7.7-8: 7 Ask, and it will be given to yo...
by Ben C. Smith
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: EPISTLE TO THE LAODICEANS (1st-4th century) Questions
Replies: 2
Views: 425

Re: EPISTLE TO THE LAODICEANS (1st-4th century) Questions

I have a bilingual version with textual references and notes posted here: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1936.
by Ben C. Smith
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: If the Testimonium Flavianum is partially genuine, then Jesus didn't exist
Replies: 93
Views: 2920

Re: If the Testimonium Flavianum is partially genuine, then Jesus didn't exist

Peter Kirby wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:48 am
I have my own reasons for thinking Paul is not historicist....
I would love to see these (some of which perhaps I have seen before in some form or other) laid out in your usual logical fashion.
by Ben C. Smith
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: GOSPEL/TRADITIONS OF MATTHIAS (c. 100-160 AD) Questions.
Replies: 2
Views: 386

Re: GOSPEL/TRADITIONS OF MATTHIAS (c. 100-160 AD) Questions.

My conjectural take on the matter of Matthew, Matthias, and Zacchaeus: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3814.

My list of biblical and patristic passages about the Nicolaitans: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=3286.