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Carrier, in his effort to show In his lecture at Purdue university, "Luke" tried to have Paul imitate and then outdo Jesus, dropped another bomb: in Acts 14, Paul is described to die and rise from the dead (just like, allegedly, Jesus).
Despite being written in the 2nd century, and greatly embellished with many fictional elements, the story of James' execution reveals a long-lasting tradition about James, the brother of Jesus, not being a Christian.
Apologists contend than "after three days" is the same than "on the third day". I disagree even if I think the later does not conflict with the (about) 40 hours of Jesus' death duration, which is spread on three different calendar days.
Neil Godfrey issued some posts on the Vridar's blog about the Acts Seminar members' justifications for a 2nd cent. dating of 'Acts' and the author's knowledge of the Pauline epistles. I answer that here.
It took ten years for the Westar Acts Seminar to come up with the conclusion, among other ones, the author of 'Acts' knew the Pauline epistles and wrote 'Acts' in the early decades of the second century. I disagree on both points and here is why.
It was the consequence of a compromise about Jesus being 'the Son of God', between a pre-existent divinity (breaking monotheism) and just an empty honorary title: a man having God as the biological father.
It is quasi-certain two versions of 'Romans' were existing during Marcion's times, one complete, the other without the two last chapters. One conclusion is that the complete letter came first, before Marcion's version.
If "Luke" had 'Antiquities': a) Atomistic tunnel vision and total ignorance of the context would be required to make the error. b) Significant differences between the two versions of Theudas' story would not appear.
According to two examples in ancient Greek literature, secular and religious, “likeness” can be used for a man originating from human parent when allegedly, he is the result of the incarnation of a divine being.
Another example on how desperate is Doherty in his search for evidence supporting his crucifixion in heaven and the non-existence of an earthly & human Jesus (PS: Carrier follows Doherty's conclusion on that!).