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comment Earliest attestation to Luke's gospel
Thx. To expand my second point. First: Paul had an encyclopediac knowledge of Greek & Hebrew sources to call on when needed. Second: he was the master and Luke only his disciple - citing one's pupil like this would lessen Paul's perceived authority. Third: 1 Tim 5:18 says the saying comes from "scripture", and Paul would hardly call something written by his own disciple a few years ago at most, "scripture". "Scripture" was ancient and authoritative. (By the 2nd cent, Luke's Gospel was "scripture).
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answered Two stories intertwined in Mark, a 12 year old daughter and woman with a 12 year sickness, both healed; is the number 12 more than coincidental?
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comment How long were the Children of Israel enslaved in Egypt?
@Sarah asks, ""no evidence"? What is the account/testimony of Scripture?" please note carefully that I said,"No extra-biblical evidence." I did not dispute that there is biblical evidence (even if it is contradictory, as noted above) and I see no one disputing that there is No extra-biblical evidence. On that point I rest my case.
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comment Earliest attestation to Luke's gospel
May I sugest that even if 1 Timothy was written during the first half of the second century, as many scholars claim, this could be the earliest attestation to Luke's Gospel? May I also suggest that if Paul really did write 1 Timothy, it would be more likely that Luke would echo him, not Paul echo Luke.
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revised Could the Gospel of Matthew be dependent on Luke's Gospel?
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comment Could the Gospel of Matthew be dependent on Luke's Gospel?
@David: I have added additional paragraphs to flesh out the arguments against Mark>Luke>Matthew. I hope this helps.
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answered Could the Gospel of Matthew be dependent on Luke's Gospel?
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comment The Healing at the Pool in John 5:1-14
Perhaps I should use Occam's Razor and say no more, or write the several pages I mentioned above would be necessary to explain in full. But fool step in ... You may know that John's Gospel was originally anonymous and was speculatively attributed to John rather late in the second century, for reasons I will not go into. You may also know that the consensus of critical scholars is that the author was not an eyewitness to the mission of Jesus. There are several 'political' passages in John, and this is one of them. That last sentence is only'guilt by association', but it is a powerful one here
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comment The Healing at the Pool in John 5:1-14
I do believe the incident did not happen, but I do not base my conclusion on Wikipedia. I acknowledge that Wikipedia does get things wrong, although in this case there is a citation, but one I can not vouch for. I think at the more professional level we aim for here that too much reliance on Wikipedia would be foolish, but since I believe that statement to be reasonably correct, I cited it as an accessible online source.
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comment The Healing at the Pool in John 5:1-14
I side with Wikipedia's sources on this, although I would probably go into several pages to more fully explain why. When Wiki says "Some scholars have suggested that the narrative is actually part of a deliberate polemic against the Asclepius cult, an antagonism possibly partly brought on by the fact that Asclepius was worshipped as Saviour (Greek: Soter), in reference to his healing attributes" they are atributing this polemic to the evangelist - he endorsed it. Either way, we agree that the event did not occur.
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comment How should we understand the quotations and translations of “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Since the question asks for a comparison of Hebrew/Aramaic languages I will place this in a note, bearing in mind that Mark was actually written in Greek. Jesus' prayer in the Garden was that if possible God take this cup (destiny to be crucified) away. In the chiasm in Mark's Gospel, covering the last 24 hours, this forms event B and "My God. My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" is the matching event B'. In other words, Jesus had hoped that God would cancel the crucifixion, but now feels forsaken by God.
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answered The Healing at the Pool in John 5:1-14
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comment Was John the Baptist a member of the Essene community at Qumran?
An interesting question, but should this be in Christianity, or does it mean that we are moving away from a strict hermeneutic approach and now allow questions that do not refer to biblical text??
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comment How are early Greek manuscripts that quote Jesus Christ properly understood?
@Susan I believe I first saw the usage of "feed my sheep" explained by Elaine Pagels some years ago, I think in 'Beyond Belief'. John Carroll also discusses the three 'awkward' questions asked of Peter, in 'The Existential Jesus' at pages 144-5. Carroll goes as far as to say that the exchange appears designed to humiliate Peter. I point out that this should not be read as a historical event, but as an authorial comment. Pagels believes 'John' thought Peter was venerated excessively, and this passage and comparisons with the "disciple whom Jesus loved" were meant to bring him back to the pack.
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comment Written language during the time of Moses?
@fdb What Grabbe was saying, and I probably cited too literally instead of giving some local context, was first that no Hebrew language writing has been found in Israel and Judah from before this time, unless Gezer calendar is Hebrew. Second, the apparent lack of any alphabetic writing within this area until quite late suggests that the evolution of written Hebrew away from Canaanite writing is also quite late. Of course there are earlier alphabetic writings from outside this area, and much earlier non-alphabetic writings. Hebrew as a dialect distinct from Canaanite probably 9th century BCE.
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answered Written language during the time of Moses?