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by FransJVermeiren
Fri May 11, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Whose farewell speech is this?
Replies: 16
Views: 9373

Whose farewell speech is this?

Below I reproduce a New Testament fragment in which I made some translation decisions, especially concerning κόσμος and λόγος. I will identify this fragment and justify my translation choices later on. For now I have only one question: to whose farewell speech does this fragment belong? I have made ...
by FransJVermeiren
Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: A Christian eschatological pattern in two steps.
Replies: 21
Views: 18819

Re: A Christian eschatological pattern in two steps.

As for 1 Thessalonians 5.1-2, I do think that 1 Thessalonians is a genuinely Pauline letter, but I also think that it bears interpolations from a later perspective, and that 5.1-11 is one of those interpolations. This current survey is part of my reason for suspecting this: while 4.13-18 belongs fi...
by FransJVermeiren
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What is the Kingdom of Heaven?
Replies: 42
Views: 24423

Re: What is the Kingdom of Heaven?

The kingdom of God/heaven is something which is imminent, which is approaching in time. The concept is neither spatial (Antonia...) nor territorial. In fact the word 'kingdom' is misleading because of its possible territorial connotation (the kingdom of the Netherlands, the kingdom of Spain, ...). M...
by FransJVermeiren
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What is the Kingdom of Heaven?
Replies: 42
Views: 24423

Re: What is the Kingdom of Heaven?

Frans wrote: The latter will definitively replace the former. I'm on board with what you and Ben have said about the Kingdom of Heaven, but now I'm wondering about the exact nature of it. Yes, I see it as being on earth (with an angelic Jesus, as per Hegesippus and other Jewish Christians), and dea...
by FransJVermeiren
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: What is the Kingdom of Heaven?
Replies: 42
Views: 24423

Re: What is the Kingdom of Heaven?

I think that Torah observance is second tier to the real idea behind the kingdom of God/heaven, which is simply that God, as the sovereign of Israel, must rule in order for justice to finally prevail. Israel/Judah languishing under the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Medes, the Persians, the Greeks...
by FransJVermeiren
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The time of σημεῖα and τέρατα
Replies: 0
Views: 3364

The time of σημεῖα and τέρατα

Chapter 3:13 – 4:22 of Ascension of Isaiah is an inserted Christian section, which is called the Testament of Hezekiah . Below I will discuss the first part of this writing (3:13 – 3:20). The text goes as follows in the translation of A. Knibb (in J.H. Charlesworth’s The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha...
by FransJVermeiren
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: The temple word.
Replies: 49
Views: 28713

Re: The temple word.

This saying appears in a fairly unadorned manner in two gospels which I take to be late: Thomas 71: 71 Jesus said, "I shall destroy [this] house, and no one will be able to rebuild it." This down-to-earth saying of the Gospel of Thomas reminds me of Tacitus's 'Fragment 2'. In the first sentences of...
by FransJVermeiren
Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: An elaborate anti-Roman position in Galatians 1:1-12?
Replies: 0
Views: 2599

An elaborate anti-Roman position in Galatians 1:1-12?

Giuseppe’s recent thread on Pseudo-Clementine Homily II:XVII has incited me to take a closer look at Galatians 1, especially at its possible anti-Roman message. Verse ------------------ Text ---------------------- ----------------------------------------------------- Discussion ---------------------...
by FransJVermeiren
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Why Mark had to be sent ''secretly''
Replies: 6
Views: 2814

Re: Why Mark had to be sent ''secretly''

Giuseppe, who then, in your view, is the Antichrist who was replaced by Jesus the Christ at the very end of the war against the Romans?
by FransJVermeiren
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: the strange detail of the death ''out of the gates''
Replies: 1
Views: 1600

Re: the strange detail of the death ''out of the gates''

Golgotha was outside the gates, and so was the memorial with the rolling stone where Jesus was taken care of after his premature deposition from the cross. This memorial was just south of the Golgotha area, its underground part still exists today and can be visited freely on the outside. You can fin...