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Aug
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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.
Aug
21
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.
Aug
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revised Written language during the time of Moses?
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Aug
20
answered Written language during the time of Moses?
Jul
23
comment What evidence suggests that Paul was not the author of Titus?
I have added citation details for Mack. For Fr. Sullivan this is a little harder, as a major theme of his entire book is to argue the case for no bishops before 2nd century. Although a Catholic priest, he even says that Rome did not have bishops until well into the second century.
Jul
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revised What evidence suggests that Paul was not the author of Titus?
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Jul
22
answered What evidence suggests that Paul was not the author of Titus?
Jun
9
comment Which is considered more reliable about Jesus' words, Mark or Q?
"ONE reputable Mark commentary which says Pauline epistles a source, please?" Raymond E. Brown, S.S, Ph.D, is considered a reputable and influential scholar from the late twentieth century, so I have cited him in an update to my answer. BTW: this question was originally about "scholarly consensus", whcih I addressed, but the goalposts have been moved to have us decide whether scholars ought to come to the conclusions they have made, making us their judges.
Jun
9
revised Which is considered more reliable about Jesus' words, Mark or Q?
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Jun
9
comment Which is considered more reliable about Jesus' words, Mark or Q?
[continued] This can be summarised: (i) Q is foundational to modern scholarship and (ii) there is a consensus, then (iv, V) we can know with some certainty what Q consisted of even though there is no extant copy. The other answer can be correct from a theological or apologetics point of view (although not even one theologian is cited), but the question asks specifically for scholarly consensus, which my answer provides, supported by the Wikipedia article you kindly provided.
Jun
9
comment Which is considered more reliable about Jesus' words, Mark or Q?
@ScottS: Quoting the same Wikipedia page as in your last comment: The Q source "(i)is one of the foundations of most modern gospel scholarship; (ii) Streeter formulated a widely accepted view of Q: (iii) that it was a written document ... composed in Greek; (iv) that almost all of its contents appear in Matthew, in Luke, or in both; and (v) that Luke more often preserves the original order of the text than Matthew." [continued]
Jun
8
comment Which is considered more reliable about Jesus' words, Mark or Q?
I may be wrong in thinking it a gratuitous comment to reflect on @Keshav Srinivasan reasons for accepting my answer, but I notice that the other answer currently available did not even attempt to provide a scholarly consensus, but rather a theological/apologetic alternative, which is not what was asked for. Given space available, I only gave one citation, but Crossan is not the only scholar to see a further source prior to Q and GThomas, as well as (possibly) Mark. Also, the view that Mark uses material from Paul is widely held.
Jun
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answered Which is considered more reliable about Jesus' words, Mark or Q?
Apr
23
revised Does Paul of Tarsus quote Talmud?
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Apr
23
revised Adam created after the seventh day?
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Apr
23
answered Adam created after the seventh day?
Apr
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answered Why does Jacob say “because I saw God face to face”? (Gen 32:30)
Apr
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answered Does Paul of Tarsus quote Talmud?
Apr
13
comment Prominence of Judah and Joseph in Tribal Allotments
Shame to be -1'ed when I answered the original question, but it was then changed.
Apr
13
revised Time in first century Judaism
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