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answered Details on “Western Unical D”?
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comment Why does Jesus heal the blind man twice?
Only 3 percent of Mark was used by neither Matthew nor Luke, and this pericope is part of that. So people have been asking your question since the 1st century. Which is to say, it's a good question but also very difficult.
Jun
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comment Explanation of Chronological Disparities between St. John and the Synoptic Gospels Concerning Jesus' Passion
I'm not sure I understand what you're saying in reference to Mk 14:12. It seems to me like you're saying that "On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was being sacrificed" is referring to a time the evening before the Passover lambs are sacrificed? Is that right?
Jun
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comment Explanation of Chronological Disparities between St. John and the Synoptic Gospels Concerning Jesus' Passion
The chronology of Matthew is somewhat unclear. Your argument would be stronger if you used Mark or Luke instead.
Jun
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answered Explanation of Chronological Disparities between St. John and the Synoptic Gospels Concerning Jesus' Passion
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revised Why did Paul collect and deliver an offering for the Jerusalem church?
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answered Why did Paul collect and deliver an offering for the Jerusalem church?
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Apr
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comment Where does the Tanakh differ from the Christian Old Testament?
I agree with @FrankLuke that point 4 isn't phrased exactly right, but am not sure if his suggestion gets at the point you're trying to make. Maybe something like: "The Jewish Tanakh follows the Masoretic textual tradition, while some Christian groups follow ancient translations based on other textual traditions (Septuagint, Peshitta, Vulgate, etc.) or combine readings from different textual traditions."
Apr
28
comment Why did the Masoretes take away 100 (or 50) years from the age of the fathers at their first sons' dates of birth?
I can't seem to find anything written about what the Dead Sea Scrolls have for these chronologies. Can anyone else?
Apr
28
comment Why did the Masoretes take away 100 (or 50) years from the age of the fathers at their first sons' dates of birth?
Wikipedia has a very nice table of the dates given the Masoretic, Samaritan, and Septuagint versions of Genesis. Note that there are some inconsistencies concerning who survived the flood if you take the Septuagint ages at face value.
Apr
28
comment What are the earliest dated Syriac manuscripts of the Bible?
It appears to me that the 165 date has been abandoned even among Aramaic primacists in favor of a mid 4th century date during the persecution of Shapur II in Persia. See peshitta.org/forum/… and peshitta.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=198#p618
Apr
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comment What are the earliest dated Syriac manuscripts of the Bible?
Certainly any manuscript that has survived for a thousand years is a treasure and of great value. I did not mean to insult the manuscript or your religious tradition.
Apr
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answered What are the earliest dated Syriac manuscripts of the Bible?
Apr
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comment What are the earliest dated Syriac manuscripts of the Bible?
That link says next to nothing about how it was dated to 165. It appears to be a publicity page trying to sell a book. I'd be interested in seeing any peer reviewed scholarly articles or books, whether Western or Eastern.
Apr
27
comment What language did Jesus commonly speak?
I think the evidence presented here that he would have spoken Greek is a bit flimsy. It basically hinges on him needing to do business directly with rich people in Sepphoris. But the gospels never mention Sepphoris, and we know almost nothing about the details of Jesus's business activities. It's certainly possible that he knew a little Greek, but most of the scholarly work on this point suggests that very few rural Galileans knew any significant amount of Greek.