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by MrMacSon
Thu Apr 22, 2021 2:49 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Indisputable Historical Facts About Early Christianity
Replies: 51
Views: 418

Re: Indisputable Historical Facts About Early Christianity

Origen might also be in the same boat. There are some who queries whether an Origen was split into two characters or if one of his supposed teachers, a certain Ammonius [Saccas], had been (or both, or neither). With one of the split characters being an embellished Christianised version (see Origen ...
by MrMacSon
Wed Apr 21, 2021 11:44 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Indisputable Historical Facts About Early Christianity
Replies: 51
Views: 418

Re: Indisputable Historical Facts About Early Christianity

- Archaeologists have found Christian texts or art carbon-dated or otherwise scientifically dated to the 1st two centuries AD. It'd be good to have specifics ... I'm hesitant to call that indisputable, but it's generally the kind of thing people agree on. For example, we have papyrus pieces from th...
by MrMacSon
Wed Apr 21, 2021 11:36 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Indisputable Historical Facts About Early Christianity
Replies: 51
Views: 418

Re: Indisputable Historical Facts About Early Christianity

Regardless, I have generally found that people do accept that the works of Eusebius were actually by him, and most do not dance in the moonlight of suspicion when it comes to the history of early Christianity from the fourth century and forward. As a matter of actual practice, the ante-Nicene texts...
by MrMacSon
Wed Apr 21, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Indisputable Historical Facts About Early Christianity
Replies: 51
Views: 418

Re: Indisputable Historical Facts About Early Christianity

The main fact I can come up with is the earliest know texts are the letters of Paul, first knowledge of which is tied to Marcion I think it's up for debate whether Paul's reference to an euangelion / evangelion - good news - a gospel - is to a text or just to a concept based on selected passages LXX...
by MrMacSon
Tue Apr 20, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Outstretched hands and The Cross
Replies: 70
Views: 55686

Re: Outstretched hands and The Cross

This is dated quite a bit later than the second century, but one might wonder what might have inspired an early-9th century monk, Hrabanus Maurus in the Abbey of Fulda (in present-day Germany) to come up with this image of Christ, in which He holds himself in the shape of the cross, but with no wood...
by MrMacSon
Tue Apr 20, 2021 4:02 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Canonical Paul, Acts, and Justin VS Paul, Valentinus, and Marcion
Replies: 15
Views: 324

Re: Canonical Paul, Acts, and Justin VS Paul, Valentinus, and Marcion

Justine does of course seem to know Matthew or at least traditions or texts that depend on Matthew. Or Justin knew traditions Matthew either relied on or used ... +/- Matthew used Justin ... Justine seems to know and use the Infancy Gospel of James. There certainly seems to be common themes /tropes...
by MrMacSon
Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:39 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: On the Epistle to the Hebrews
Replies: 80
Views: 72772

Re: On the Epistle to the Hebrews

Excerpts from David Runia's 1993 book, Philo in Early Christian Literature . . Chapter Four Philo and the New Testament ... 3. The Epistle to the Hebrews The New Testament book that shows the most affinity to Philonic thought is unquestionably the Epistle to the Hebrews ... Hurst (1990) concludes th...
by MrMacSon
Mon Apr 19, 2021 2:43 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Justin Martyr, the Gospel of Luke, and Marcion.
Replies: 88
Views: 4333

Re: Justin Martyr, the Gospel of Luke, and Marcion.

My main focus was on "... certain of the Christian believers ... have corrupted the Gospel from its original integrity, to a threefold, and fourfold, and many-fold degree, and have remodelled it , so that they might be able to answer objections . I think that is a pretty good support for the propos...
by MrMacSon
Mon Apr 19, 2021 12:01 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Outstretched hands and The Cross
Replies: 70
Views: 55686

Re: Outstretched hands and The Cross

Acts of Peter , of the second half of the second century has, in 38: "What else is Christ, but the Word, the sound of God? So that the Word is the upright beam whereon I am crucified . And the sound is that which crosseth it, the nature of man . And the nail which holdeth the cross-tree unto the up...
by MrMacSon
Sun Apr 18, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Study of the effect of the Empire on the development of the NT
Replies: 9
Views: 5263

Re: Study of the effect of the Empire on the development of the NT

This 2017 thread by Ben - Christian responses to imperial propaganda - would seem to be pertinent to 'Empire Studies'