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Double thanks for your resource.

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16 Apr 2014 
This is according to my study about the historical context of Jesus' life.


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30 Mar 2014 
According to the available evidence, that would be most unlikely.


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26 Mar 2014 
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).


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20 Mar 2014 
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.


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17 Mar 2014 
Carrier's counter-proposals are lame, somewhat pathetic, convoluted and based mostly on imagination, not on evidence.


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13 Mar 2014 
Since in my previous post I addressed the issue of brothers of the Lord (1 Corinthians 9:5) against one of Carrier's arguments, I want now to look at the others.


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09 Mar 2014 
Richard Carrier contends all Christians were considered by Paul "brothers of the Lord". However Romans 8:29 would deny it.


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11 Dec 2013 
An analysis showing that the original author of Mark's gospel did not write the "empty tomb" passage (Mk 15:40-16:8)


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11 Dec 2013 
What evidence do we have Sunday was a special day for Christians before Mark's gospel (70-71) was written (which is first to put the Resurrection on that day)?


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08 Dec 2013 
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.


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27 Nov 2013 
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.


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23 Nov 2013 
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.


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18 Nov 2013 
Richard Carrier, in one of his lecture, contends the gospels have Jesus clearing the temple area despite the presence of a battalion on station there.


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14 Nov 2013 
A study of Marcion's Galatians 4:22-31, with a prior analysis on the ending of Romans, lead to the conclusion Marcion did not originate the Pauline epistles.


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19 Oct 2013 
Carrier uses an allegory written some twenty verses later & makes an unevidenced connection, all of that with dubious explanations, in order to dispel Jesus' earthly humanity.


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19 Oct 2013 
Did Carrier read the whole of 1 Clement? I wonder: the mention of a human & earthly Jesus is clear in 32:2.


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09 May 2013 
No, this is not a joke. Listen about it from Carrier himself. Richard uses that in order to dispel Romans 1:3 as showing Jesus had human & earthly origin.


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27 Apr 2013 
Contrary to mythicist claims, in 'Ascension of Isaiah', Satan and his demons are not the ones to crucify by themselves the Son. And the killing does not occur in the firmament or the lower heavens.


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25 Apr 2013 
Despite "rulers" ('archons') being identified as heavenly in later pseudo-Pauline writings, Paul thought about earthly ones.


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14 Apr 2013 
I got involved again on Richard Carrier's blog on the same topic.


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02 Apr 2013 
According to the written evidence, there is a high probability he did.


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29 Mar 2013 
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.


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24 Mar 2013 
'Acts' has many flaws and Paul was far from being accepted by all Christians. Also about the external evidence for Paul and about Justin Martyr quoting Paul.


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22 Mar 2013 
This dating is very difficult and subject of debates (some mythicists set the date of publishing around 170 CE).


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11 Mar 2013 
Dating of these two gospels can be estimated through series of clues inside the text.


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10 Mar 2013 
This ethnarch was most likely acting as consul for the Nabataeans living in Damascus and ambassador for king Aretas. Emperor Claudius instituted Jewish ethnarchs in cities with Diaspora Jews.


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08 Mar 2013 
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.


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02 Mar 2013 
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.


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28 Feb 2013 
This is one case which demonstrates 'Wars' but (despite the appearances!) not 'Antiquities' was known by the author of 'Acts'. There are other cases which show the same.


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26 Feb 2013 
My conclusion is that the gospel was written before 93 CE.


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24 Feb 2013 
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.


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22 Feb 2013 
A study of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, followed by a remark against a "fabricated" Paul


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21 Feb 2013 
For some Christian writers, the historical Jesus was, at first, too little to be detailed, and, after the gospels, as greatly enhanced into the "Gospel Jesus", too mythical to be put forward.


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19 Feb 2013 
Some differences between gMarcion and gLuke point to Marcion modifying gLuke rather than "Luke" making changes from gMarcion.


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18 Feb 2013 
Dating will be through the internal and the external evidence.


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16 Feb 2013 
If "brothers of the Lord" cannot mean "all Christians", or "brothers" as members of the same sect, then what are the implications for "James, the brother of the Lord" in Galatians?


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14 Feb 2013 
A little rant of mine


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14 Feb 2013 
Just to show that, along the years, my work has been (enthusiastically) appreciated.


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11 Feb 2013 
Shown in a table format


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10 Feb 2013 
A comment from Clarice O'Callaghan shocked me and my reply to it sent some good vibes on the JesusMysteries forum.


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09 Feb 2013 
How an accidental healer, who was also a poor uneducated Jew, got to be crucified as "king of the Jews".


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07 Feb 2013 
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!).


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06 Feb 2013 
It would greatly help if you read my two preceding posts!


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06 Feb 2013 
These six letters are also dated according to the study from my previous post.


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05 Feb 2013 
This timeline and associated events are explained on my website.


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31 Jan 2013 
As edited from my website. My conclusion? Completed in the winter of 70-71 CE.


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29 Jan 2013 
Let's examine what Doherty wrote in JNGNM against it and then conclude.


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28 Jan 2013 
I think the internal evidence for proving it is overwhelming.


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22 Jan 2013 
What can we learn about James through the James' epistle?


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22 Jan 2013 
Let's define who would be these brothers and then see how Doherty and Carrier “interpret” them within their mythicist outlook.


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