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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
28
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
27
answered What are the earliest dated Syriac manuscripts of the Bible?
Apr
27
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.
Apr
27
comment What are the earliest dated Syriac manuscripts of the Bible?
Could you give some references for your claim that the source for the Khabouris Codex was from 165 CE? This appears to be a fringe position with little scholarly support.
Apr
13
comment Galatians 4:13: What was Paul's “infirmity of the flesh”?
Sadly we don't know and probably never will.
Mar
21
comment Would the Pharisees go to Pilate and secure the tomb on the Sabbath?
@MonicaCellio: Unfortunately, Matthew is unclear about whether it's preparation for Pesach or for the sabbath. In Mark, Jesus dies on Pesach which is described as the day of preparation for the sabbath, while in John Jesus dies on the day of preparation for Pesach (that is, at the time when the lambs were slaughtered). Matthew doesn't make it clear either way, and just says "the Day of Preparation." If you look at the previous chapter though, it appears that Matthew is following Mark's chronology, so I think he means this scene is happening on the sabbath.
Mar
19
comment Redaction criticism and grammatical-historical hermeneutics
Yeah, that sounds overcomplicated, and unlikely. Though the theory that 2 Cor. is two letters (in reverse chronological order) is simpler and more popular.
Mar
17
comment Redaction criticism and grammatical-historical hermeneutics
I'm a little confused about your remark on sources for Paul's letters. Certainly there are some non-controversial claims of that form (II Thes., whether authentic or not, clearly has I Thes. as a source if only from memory), and some less sure but hardly "unbelievable" ones (the "Philippian hymn" could certainly be a quote without tearing apart any arguments). What are the "unbelievable" claims you're referring to?
Mar
16
comment What language(s) would the Jewish Christians in the various Macedonian cities have spoken?
This is a solid answer, in that it correctly gives the consensus of all experts. But I think in the context of recent questions about Aramaic primacy, it would be nice to have an answer which mentions some of the documentary evidence which has lead experts to this conclusion.
Mar
15
comment What arguments exist that would refute the theory concerning Aramaic primacy of the New Testament?
As a side point, I would avoid making arguments that rely on that fragment of Mark since (as we saw from the Jesus's Wife papyrus) early impressions of things in private hands often don't pan out. Of course, here your argument doesn't really rely on that fragment.
Mar
11
comment What signs does Q show of stages of composition?
My impression is that a lot of scholars share your skepticism. It's hard enough to solidly identify compositional history in documents that we actually have.
Mar
10
answered What is the relationship between the Synoptics and the Gospel of Thomas?
Mar
10
answered Should Q be considered a Gospel?
Mar
5
comment Was the word ἐπιούσιον used prior to the Lord's prayer? What does it mean?
Since Metzger wrote that, the original papyrus mentioned by Sayce was located in one of Yale's collections. Indeed it had been mistranscribed. See M. Nijman and K. A. Worp. "ΕΠΙΟΥΣΙΟΣ in a documentary papyrus?". Novum Testamentum XLI (1999) 3 (July), p. 231-234.
Mar
5
revised Why does the Septuagint contain non-Tanakh books?
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Mar
4
answered Why does the Septuagint contain non-Tanakh books?
Mar
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