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29 Aug 2014 
Carrier is quick to put forward his convoluted mythicist assumptions in interpreting the verse, leading to ambiguities. When, for a historicist, this verse can be simply understood.


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25 Aug 2014 
I reproduced the whole text of Carrier's text in OHJ on the matter, with many of my notes against his arguments.


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20 Aug 2014 
Carrier pretends (wrongly) a calculation from a prophecy in 'Daniel' pointing to 30 CE for Christ's crucifixion by (third century CE Christian apologist) Africanus, is simple and straightforward and could have been imagined by Jews before the fact.


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13 Aug 2014 
Carrier's rating for Jesus in the Rank-Raglan scale, according to two gospels, makes the mythical option very suspect due to the short time for evolution from a strictly heavenly deity to an (alleged) fictional ultimate hero on earth.


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07 Aug 2014 
Divide and conquer: Dr. Carrier thinks the theories about the mythical Jesus is one only, and compares its probability with one kind (among others) of historicist's Jesus and then proclaim equal odds. From "On The Historicity of Jesus" (OHJ)


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03 Aug 2014 
Thanks to the study of R.H. Charles, this hypothesis can be postulated: the 'Vision of Isaiah' started as a Jewish Greek text which got interpolated (first slightly, then heavily) by Docetist Christians.


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31 Jul 2014 
I think the scoring of Carrier for Jesus on the Rank-Raglan scale, according to Matthew's & Mark's gospels is greatly exaggerated.


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20 Jul 2014 
Another dubious claim by Carrier in OHJ, trying to explain the origin of Jesus' passion story.


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20 Jul 2014 
Carrier, in his book "On The Historicity of Jesus" (OHJ), describes the "minimal theory of historicity" as not plausible from the start, making his minimal mythicism look better as the alternative.


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19 Jul 2014 
Carrier's brief explanations are greatly flawed (what's new?) and here is why.


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17 Jul 2014 
In his book 'On The Historicity Of Jesus' (OHJ), Carrier argued that "woman" in Galatians 4:4 is not a real woman but an allegorical one. I disagree and commented in-situ on Carrier's passage about it.


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16 Jul 2014 
The two arguments of Carrier in a nut shell about "James, the brother of the Lord" not being Jesus' blood brother: he was either John's brother or just a lesser Christian!


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14 Jul 2014 
I demonstrated there is no evidence that "brothers of the Lord", with a familial & spiritual/honorary meaning, was what Paul or his Christians (about themselves) believed, despite Carrier's objections.


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29 Jun 2014 
Misleading subtitle and Carrier's generosity X factor


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29 Jun 2014 
It is based on assumptions from the get go.


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04 May 2014 
A simple analysis demonstrates that "Mark" did not say it, just dubiously hinted it through a few ambiguous words.


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03 May 2014 
A typical example on how Jesus' extraordinary feats were contrived.


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02 May 2014 
Was the disturbance in the temple something that "Mark" found embarrassing but felt compelled to tell because believed true (as told by eyewitness(es)) and in order to bring an air of authenticity to his gospel?


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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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14 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 whole 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. With update from Carrier's "On The Historicity Of Jesus"


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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. With update from OHJ


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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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30 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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