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by rakovsky
Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Richard Carrier versus George Albert Wells
Replies: 31
Views: 11690

Re: Richard Carrier versus George Albert Wells

It feels pretty hard to reconstruct from a skeptical yet neutral point of view what exactly happened with so many major events in the Gospels. On one hand Paul and if I remember correctly Peter rites strongly that gospel story is not some myth. Even in the time of the Apostles and soon afterward the...
by rakovsky
Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: MARTYRDOM AND ASCENSION OF ISAIAH (1st - early 3rd century AD) Questions
Replies: 13
Views: 19939

Re: MARTYRDOM AND ASCENSION OF ISAIAH (1st - early 3rd century AD) Questions

Dear GakuseiDon , Thanks for your replies in the thread, because they gave me a new aspect to see in the "As above so below on earth" verse: ie. the correlations between pairings of strivings and envying, like you mentioned. This afternoon I added a lot my to my answer that I posted ealier (Dated "...
by rakovsky
Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: MARTYRDOM AND ASCENSION OF ISAIAH (1st - early 3rd century AD) Questions
Replies: 13
Views: 19939

Re: MARTYRDOM AND ASCENSION OF ISAIAH (1st - early 3rd century AD) Questions

GakuseibDon, I am still going through what you wrote because you brought up a good parallel with the fighting in both realms. So it makes sense that he means And as he saw fighting on the firmament, so he saw fighting on earth. But the author does not leave it at that. To interpret his second statem...
by rakovsky
Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: MARTYRDOM AND ASCENSION OF ISAIAH (1st - early 3rd century AD) Questions
Replies: 13
Views: 19939

Re: MARTYRDOM AND ASCENSION OF ISAIAH (1st - early 3rd century AD) Questions

(Question 1) What do you think about the claim that what is in the heavens is like what is on earth? It's actually what is in the firmament is the same as what is on earth. The firmament is the abode of Satan. To me, the likeness refers to the fighting going on in the firmament as well as on earth,...
by rakovsky
Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Ascension of Isaiah and the Nativity passage
Replies: 32
Views: 19251

Re: Ascension of Isaiah and the Nativity passage

If you want to compare the Slavic text ... yeh, right ... Screen%20Shot%202016-06-25%20at%2012.03.37%20pm.png I need to check again what the phrase in verse 19 translates as. What were you looking for in the Slavonic text? Verse 19 in slavonic translates as "And they did not know him." It's a prett...
by rakovsky
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Vossius had a manuscript of the text of Josephus in which there was not a word about Jesus
Replies: 2
Views: 3151

Re: Vossius had a manuscript of the text of Josephus in which there was not a word about Jesus

Thanks for clearing that up. I had heard something like this claimed before and then saw some kind of debunking of it also, IIRC.
What you quoted is pretty good - it shows that the original claim apparently was that the TF lacked one phrase, not that it lacked all mention of Jesus.
by rakovsky
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Origen, the gospel of Thomas, and James the Just.
Replies: 15
Views: 15129

Re: Origen, the gospel of Thomas, and James the Just.

What I take you to be asking about, Ben, is one of the unsourced "Agrapha" of Jesus that shows up in early Church writers, in this case Origen. You are noticing that Origen said "it is written", and Origen doesn't say where, and that it also shows up in the "Gospel of Thomas". You quoted Origen as s...
by rakovsky
Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What evidence is there that the possessed people healed by Jesus were allegory of Zealots?
Replies: 2
Views: 5177

Re: What evidence is there that the possessed people healed by Jesus were allegory of Zealots?

This topic came up for me indirectly when I was reading Josephus. I was skeptical about his story about the Gadarene dissidents who opposed Herod supposedly killing themselves, since I considered the possibility that Herod's forces might have killed them and presented it as suicide. To recap: in Cha...
by rakovsky
Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: MARTYRDOM AND ASCENSION OF ISAIAH (1st - early 3rd century AD) Questions
Replies: 13
Views: 19939

Re: MARTYRDOM AND ASCENSION OF ISAIAH (1st - early 3rd century AD) Questions

For Question 6 (How can one reconcile the praise from the heavens that rise to God in Chapters 7 and 10 with the denial by the princes, gods, and angels of the world (ie. apparently of the heavens) of God in Chapter 10?), the simple answer is that the author distinguishes between the seven heavens, ...
by rakovsky
Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: MARTYRDOM AND ASCENSION OF ISAIAH (1st - early 3rd century AD) Questions
Replies: 13
Views: 19939

Re: MARTYRDOM AND ASCENSION OF ISAIAH (1st - early 3rd century AD) Questions

For Question 4 (Does the Ascension of Isaiah mistakenly equate the angel Gabriel with the Holy Spirit?), my best answer is that it probably makes this mistake. The short explanation is that we have a 5th-6th century Greek manuscript that has a missing space, before "the angel of the Holy Spirit", wh...