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Mar
16
comment Did Luke use Josephus as a source?
Fair enough. I don't want to hijack the comments, but I'd be interested in discussing more about early vs late dating, and which gospels relied on which. Would you be interested in discussing this in a chat room? (That goes for @Jon too.)
Mar
15
comment Did Luke use Josephus as a source?
@Frank: If you date Luke-Acts pre-64, then what does that do to its relationship with the other synoptics? Mark makes a reference to the First Jewish-Roman War as a contemporary event ("let the reader understand" in Mark 13:14), which would place Mark sometime between 66 and 73. So was Luke the earliest gospel? Or do you understand Mark 13:14 differently? (If so, please take a shot at this question.)
Mar
8
comment Why did the witnesses lay their coats at Paul's feet?
Also, it would have been widely understood that Hellenized Jews had the power in Jerusalem. The Romans, after all, had allowed Temple worship to continue only on the condition that the Romans got to choose the High Priest.
Mar
8
comment Why did the witnesses lay their coats at Paul's feet?
I think it was established fairly early that Christianity was a branch of Judaism. Roman historian Suetonius wrote of the time of Emperor Claudius (circa 50 AD), "As the Jews were making constant disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus, he expelled them from Rome." Acts 18 refers to Aquila and Priscilla, two Christian teachers who were expelled at that time.
Mar
8
comment Is John 7:53-8:11 original to John's gospel?
What is the rationale for claiming the canon should consist of our best reconstruction of the original documents, rather than the documents as they have been passed down to us?
Mar
8
comment Is John 7:53-8:11 original to John's gospel?
@Lance, yes, but they usually defend it due to style analysis, not ancient documentary support.
Mar
8
comment Does the “lost leaf” theory for Mark's abrupt ending fail if written on a scroll?
I can't say for certain, but my understanding is that papyrus was not likely to tear while it was new. Bookbinding techniques were less reliable, and a page could get missed while sewing them together.
Mar
8
comment Is John 7:53-8:11 original to John's gospel?
That's not correct. This passage doesn't appear in any manuscripts dated prior to the 5th century. The canon was set by the late 4th century.
Mar
2
comment Jesus's genealogy: 28 generations or 41 since David?
@Freed, we can't know definitively why the two lists are so different; the most commonly suggested ways to reconcile them are at the top of my answer.
Mar
1
comment Is Keller's view of the father in the Prodigal Son parable a reasonable interpretation?
Re: The story about ben Honi and the rain--is it this story?
Feb
18
comment How should the first line of Judges 5:2 be translated?
@Jon You can borrow any book through your regular public library if it participates in the Interlibrary Loan program (and most do). Your library will send a request to the nearest library that owns the book, and you'll usually receive a copy within a few days.
Feb
15
comment Is 1 Corinthians 14:33-35 an interpolation?
Also: 6. The verses were original to Paul's letter, but the copyist at Corinth accidentally omitted them, and then wrote them into the margin. The original was kept by the church, and only the copy with the words in the margin was circulated.
Feb
15
comment Is 1 Corinthians 14:33-35 an interpolation?
I can think of another possibility: 5. The verses were added, without Paul's knowledge, shortly after the letter was written. For example, maybe someone in the Corinth church added them to the margin of the original copy. Or maybe someone added them into the margin of the first copy made from the original letter, then the second copy was circulated while the church held onto the original.
Feb
15
comment Who was the Beloved Disciple?
I actually could vote this up if you would just mention Lazarus by name in your answer rather than making me download and read a 56-page .pdf to find out who you are talking about.
Feb
10
comment Is there a modern English translation of the Bible that uses the second-person plural pronoun?
This sounds kinda like the Cotton Patch Gospel.
Feb
9
comment Who was the Beloved Disciple?
It should be pointed out, though, that the first ones to attribute this gospel to John were people who knew him personally, and that the church community that put the New Testament together included this gospel only because it carried John's name and authority.
Feb
8
comment Was the Beloved Disciple the author of the Fourth Gospel?
I see a discrepancy between your statement that we should not trust in non-Biblical sources, and your claim that the answer can be found in an eBook.
Feb
8
comment Was the Beloved Disciple the author of the Fourth Gospel?
I'm not sure why they might have been swapped. The one source I've seen that defends it does not seem to care about that question; they seem more interested in attempting to reconstruct the "original" gospel of John. Other sources mention it only in passing.
Feb
7
comment Who was the Beloved Disciple?
Are you asking for the identity of the beloved disciple, or of the author of the gospel? They may not have been the same person.
Feb
2
comment Are Job's friends the voice of the Accuser?
@Jon: "I would like to play devil's advocate"...or in this case, devil's advocates' advocate. :-)