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by FJVermeiren
Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The male inhabitants of Gennesaret or its people?
Replies: 19
Views: 17371

Re: The male inhabitants of Gennesaret or its people?

In his account of the siege and fall of Masada Josephus mentions its provisions (War VII:295-296): The provisions laid up inside were even more astonishing in their abundance as well as their perfect preservation. The stores included a large quantity of wheat that had been stored here, enough to las...
by FJVermeiren
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: How could Paul afford his extensive travels?
Replies: 25
Views: 24920

Re: How could Paul afford his extensive travels?

Two elements 1. In The Political Paul on page 20 popular philosophers in the Hellenistic world are discussed: Poor, cherishing manual labor, valuing hardship, little interested in the comforts of family life, nomadic and fired by a consciousness of possessing a divine mission, speaking audaciously a...
by FJVermeiren
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul without Christ? Impossible!!
Replies: 17
Views: 11414

Re: Paul without Christ? Impossible!!

All right, here is the "Reader's Digest" condensed version of Galatians ... "Original" GAL 1:1a Paul, 1b [...], 2 and all the brethren who are with me, to the churches of Galatia: 3a Grace to you and peace 3b - 4a [...], 4b according to the will of our God and Father; 5 to whom be the glory for eve...
by FJVermeiren
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Paul is the man in John 3:13
Replies: 9
Views: 4585

Re: Paul is the man in John 3:13

Jesus cannot be speaking of himself because the language in John 3:13 indicates that someone must first ascend into heaven so as to descend . Jesus, however, descended first, and ascended afterward. The passage is applicable to Paul, who describes his revelation as being caught up to the third heav...
by FJVermeiren
Wed May 23, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Jesus orders a massacre (Luke 19:27)
Replies: 14
Views: 6815

Re: Jesus orders a massacre (Luke 19:27)

I suggest to look in a different direction, as I already did in an earlier thread on this forum: Vespasian, the king in the parable of the ten pounds? I concluded the OP as follows: In my opinion this fragment of Luke discusses the Roman emperor Vespasian, his coming to power, his financial policy, ...
by FJVermeiren
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A Christian eschatological pattern in two steps.
Replies: 13
Views: 10673

Re: A Christian eschatological pattern in two steps.

Third, your third point above (c) is part of those famous issues in verses 9-10. Being awake versus asleep is, in these two verses, either a metaphor for being alive versus being dead, exactly as it is in the first half of the entire passage in question, or it is a metaphor for being morally alert ...
by FJVermeiren
Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Many will come in my name.
Replies: 41
Views: 27229

Re: Many will come in my name.

One more little stage on the Flavian trail. Isn’t it remarkable that an identical healing miracle is ascribed to Vespasian and to Jesus? Both messianic figures are reported to have healed a blind man. As the story in GJohn 9:1-12 is more elaborate it gives the impression to be based on the report of...
by FJVermeiren
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: THE insurrection (Mark 15:7)
Replies: 13
Views: 5884

Re: THE insurrection (Mark 15:7)

A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the insurrection. (Mark 15:7) I don't want to interpret it as one of the seditious clues pointing to a historical rebel Jesus (à la Bermejo-Rubio). What if 'Mark' had a previous source where that particular 'i...
by FJVermeiren
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The 2nd part of the synoptic apocalypse: the last stage of the war preceding the coming of the messiah?
Replies: 12
Views: 4628

Re: The 2nd part of the synoptic apocalypse: the last stage of the war preceding the coming of the messiah?

The verses on the coming of the Son of man in the synoptic Apocalypse do not use the Greek παρουσια. .... Matthew seems to use the word παρουσια, which is absent in Mark and Luke, to emphasize the suddenness and the unexpectedness of the coming of the messiah. Are Matthew 24.27, 37, 39 not about th...
by FJVermeiren
Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:41 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Vespasian, the king in the parable of the ten pounds?
Replies: 17
Views: 5904

Re: Vespasian, the king in the parable of the ten pounds?

My research on the origins of Christianity shows that the Gospels are much more political in nature ... Really? Let me guess - you thought everything comes down to politics in some form BEFORE you studied the gospels. Not so sure the horse is really leading the cart with your research. Like choosin...