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by FransJVermeiren
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The Roman civil war 68-69 CE and Nero’s suicide in Luke 11:17-18a
Replies: 8
Views: 7016

The Roman civil war 68-69 CE and Nero’s suicide in Luke 11:17-18a

Luke 11:17-18a goes as follows: (17) But he [Jesus], knowing their thoughts, said to them: ‘Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls. (18) And if Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?’ At first sight Jesus discusses the poor condi...
by FransJVermeiren
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Apollos and Alexandria
Replies: 11
Views: 12274

Re: Apollos and Alexandria

It is not so difficult to imagine what the content of Priscilla's and Aquila's criticism was: Apollos preached the particularist messianism of John the baptist while Aquila en Priscilla supported the universalist Paul.
by FransJVermeiren
Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Apollos and Alexandria
Replies: 11
Views: 12274

Re: Apollos and Alexandria

Spin, in my opinion the the κύριος (“Lord”) in Acts 18:25-26 is not God but the messiah. That Apollos knows the “way of God” is already implied in verse 24, in which he presented as an educated Jew. The “instructed in the way of the Lord” in verse 25 is new, additional information: Apollos is not on...
by FransJVermeiren
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Jesus' visit to Rome
Replies: 2
Views: 3642

Re: Jesus' visit to Rome

Further studying the temptation pericope recently, I came across a second mission to Rome in Josephus, based on a religious issue once again. Maybe this story is helpful in understanding the most obscure part of the ‘Temptation of Jesus’ passage, Luke 4:9-12 (and parallel in Matthew 4:5-7). This fra...
by FransJVermeiren
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Jesus' visit to Rome
Replies: 2
Views: 3642

Re: Jesus' visit to Rome

For the analysis above it would of course be interesting if a surviving account would exist of a mission to Rome in that period, preferably a religious mission. Such an account is present in Josephus. In his Life 13-16 he reports on the following mission to Rome in 63 CE: Soon after I had completed ...
by FransJVermeiren
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Jesus' visit to Rome
Replies: 2
Views: 3642

Jesus' visit to Rome

The temptation of Jesus, which Mark gives in its most condensed form (1:12-13), is traditionally explained as a period of fasting and purification in the Judean desert prior to Jesus’ ministry in Galilea. Maybe these verses are telling a different story, however. Nestle-Aland translates as follows: ...
by FransJVermeiren
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The male inhabitants of Gennesaret or its people?
Replies: 19
Views: 15785

Re: The male inhabitants of Gennesaret or its people?

It seems remiss not to include Matthew 14.21 = Mark 6.44 (the feeding of the five thousand) and Matthew 15.38 = Mark 8.9 (the feeding of the four thousand) in the reckoning. In the first, both Matthew and Mark have 5000 "men" being fed, and Matthew adds "besides women and children." In the second, ...
by FransJVermeiren
Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The male inhabitants of Gennesaret or its people?
Replies: 19
Views: 15785

Re: The male inhabitants of Gennesaret or its people?

It seems remiss not to include Matthew 14.21 = Mark 6.44 (the feeding of the five thousand) and Matthew 15.38 = Mark 8.9 (the feeding of the four thousand) in the reckoning. In the first, both Matthew and Mark have 5000 "men" being fed, and Matthew adds "besides women and children." In the second, ...
by FransJVermeiren
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The male inhabitants of Gennesaret or its people?
Replies: 19
Views: 15785

The male inhabitants of Gennesaret or its people?

There are two versions of the ‘healing of the sick in Gennesaret’ story in the gospels, a shorter version in Matthew and a longer in Mark. The stories go as follows, with the corresponding content opposite each other (my emphasis): Matthew 14:34-36 Mark 6:53-56 (34) And when they had crossed over, t...