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by FransJVermeiren
Sat Aug 13, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is Romans 13:11 a Failed Prediction?
Replies: 36
Views: 12673

Re: Is Romans 13:11 a Failed Prediction?

Frans, I really appreciate your detailed insight. I had not considered the first half of the first verses of the 1 Corinthians 15: 3-8 and 1 Corinthians 11: 23-25 fragments in the way you describe. You mention that if Paul had intense contact with the apostles within the first 5 years after Jesus' ...
by FransJVermeiren
Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is Romans 13:11 a Failed Prediction?
Replies: 36
Views: 12673

Re: Is Romans 13:11 a Failed Prediction?

What about Paul's mini-resurrection account in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8? You correctly mention 1 Corinthians 15: 3-8, and this fragment is best discussed together with 1 Corinthians 11: 23-25. Most of all the first half of the first verse of these fragments is interesting (underlined): • 1Cor 11: 23: ‘...
by FransJVermeiren
Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Is Romans 13:11 a Failed Prediction?
Replies: 36
Views: 12673

Re: Is Romans 13:11 a Failed Prediction?

I am wondering what the interpretation is for Romans 13:11, in particular the second part of the verse: Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers (NRSV). Your first post is a fine anal...
by FransJVermeiren
Sat Aug 06, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Vespasian, the king in the parable of the ten pounds?
Replies: 17
Views: 6618

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

What is the point, in your estimation, of Luke singling out only the praetorial provinces, reckoning them in his parable but not the consular provinces on the one hand and the provinces held directly by Caesar himself on the other? I believe we should depart from Luke’s intention to describe a succ...
by FransJVermeiren
Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:39 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Vespasian, the king in the parable of the ten pounds?
Replies: 17
Views: 6618

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

Only 10 provinces? I do not think that was ever true, at least not since (early?) Republican times. Did Luke read Strabo? Recently I have been looking for the internet source of the ten Roman provinces I mentioned in the first post of this topic. I didn’t find it immediately, and I stopped searchin...
by FransJVermeiren
Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus.
Replies: 397
Views: 141861

Re: Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus.

Josephus does mention two men named Rufus: a Roman solder, who captures and crucifies a Jewish partisan, and a captain (Terentius Rufus) who is associated with Simon bar Giora; and in a section about the revolt in Cyrene he mentions a Jew named Alexander who was falsely accused. (War book 6) Simon ...
by FransJVermeiren
Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Time Shift scenarios and the New Testament texts
Replies: 410
Views: 101995

Re: Time Shift scenarios and the New Testament texts

To Frans: To me, the story of the demoniacs in Gerasa/Gadara is symbolic. By that I don't mean symbolic in a non-realistic sense, but rather symbolic in that the story is all in subtext. If, as I have suggested earlier in this thread (page 2) the story is about Simon bar Giora and John of Gischala ...
by FransJVermeiren
Wed Aug 03, 2016 6:45 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Time Shift scenarios and the New Testament texts
Replies: 410
Views: 101995

Re: Time Shift scenarios and the New Testament texts

FransJVermeiren wrote: I think Simon bar Giora is present elsewhere in the NT, in the Gospel of Luke in particular. I hope to discuss that story soon (in a new topic). Really curious to hear about that! I see him in the raising of the widow's son from Nain (the only place Nain is mentioned by Josep...
by FransJVermeiren
Wed Aug 03, 2016 6:42 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Vespasian, the king in the parable of the ten pounds?
Replies: 17
Views: 6618

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 and have much more to do with the war against the Romans than is generally accepted. I believe this is also the case with the parable of the ten pounds in Luke 19, 12-27, of which in my opinion the Ro...
by FransJVermeiren
Wed Aug 03, 2016 6:33 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Time Shift scenarios and the New Testament texts
Replies: 410
Views: 101995

Re: Time Shift scenarios and the New Testament texts

Frans, do you think that some Greek-Roman had suspected something about who is behind the Gospel Jesus? That part of the truth had leaked among the outsiders ? And if yes, with which effect? I cannot say anything substantial about this. Long ago I read the first part of Origen's 'Contra Celsum', an...