Bruno Bauer’s “Christianity Exposed” now open access
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by Neil Godfrey
21h ago
Google Books has made Bruno Bauer’s famous “Christianity Exposed” public — though it is in German. BUT the even better news is that when I open it in Google Reader and run the cursor over the text a little box pops up giving me the option to have an instant translation of the selected text ..read more
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The Idol of Zionism, the Negation of Judaism — 1904
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by Neil Godfrey
5d ago
Fortunately, I am not the only one raising my voice against the current, entirely misguided and long obsolete way of training rabbis. Protests are already being heard in rabbinic circles. However, not from the circles of the very youngest rabbis, who, trained in our days of chaplaincy, out of complete ignorance of the true essence ..read more
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How Moving Jesus’ Cleansing of the Temple to the Beginning of the Gospel of John Rebuked the Gospel of Mark
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by Neil Godfrey
2w ago
Why did the author of the Gospel of John change the setting of Jesus driving out the money changers from the Temple from near the end of the gospel (where it is in all the other gospels) to place it near the very beginning of the ministry of Jesus? In those other gospels the episode ..read more
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The True Tale of How an Eagle, a Lion, a Man, and a Lot of Bull Entered the Church
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by Neil Godfrey
1M ago
As I was recently tossing out old papers that had accumulated over past decades I was amused to come across this old “gem” of mine. I posted it back in 1996 to a discussion forum for ex-members of an old cult I had once been a member of. It has no pretence at scholarly presentation ..read more
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Where does John the Baptist fit in History? — The Evidence of Josephus, Pt 7
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by Neil Godfrey
1M ago
Continuing and concluding…..  Peter Kirby cites an argument for interpolation not from a source agreeing with the argument but rather from a source disposing of it. He quotes Robert Webb: A second argument is that the nouns used for ‘baptism’ in this text (βαπτισμός and βάπτισις, Ant. 18.117) are not found elsewhere in the Josephan ..read more
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Where does John the Baptist fit in History? — The Evidence of Josephus, Pt 6
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by Neil Godfrey
1M ago
Continuing, with an interlude …. Study the historian before you begin to study the facts. . . . It is what is already done by the intelligent undergraduate who, when recommended to read a work by that great scholar Jones of St Jude’s, goes round to a friend at St Jude’s to ask what sort ..read more
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Where does John the Baptist fit in History? — The Evidence of Josephus, Pt 5
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by Neil Godfrey
1M ago
Continuing …… Peter Kirby focussed on the following point in his article arguing for the authenticity of the John the Baptist passage in Antiquities of the Jews by Josephus: (14) The Word for “Baptism” in the Passage Uncharacteristic of Christian Usage Kirby cited the scholar Robert Webb who pointed out that the words for “baptism ..read more
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Where does John the Baptist fit in History? — The Evidence of Josephus, Pt 4
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by Neil Godfrey
1M ago
Continuing…. (3) The Passage’s Reference to God’s Punishment of Herod Peter Kirby asserts that contradictory viewpoints in Josephus are no reason to suspect the involvement of an alien hand somewhere in the transmission of our manuscripts. He quotes my (somewhat facile) paraphrase of Zindler’s point: Neil Godfrey notes another one of the reasons that Zindler ..read more
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Where does John the Baptist fit in History? — The Evidence of Josephus, Pt 2
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by Neil Godfrey
1M ago
Continuing to respond to The Authenticity of John the Baptist in Josephus. The previous two posts — 1. Where does John the Baptist fit in History? (Or, the Place of Fact and Opinion in History) 2. Where does John the Baptist fit in History? — The Evidence of Josephus, Pt 1 I would like to ..read more
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Where does John the Baptist fit in History? — The Evidence of Josephus, Pt 1
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by Neil Godfrey
1M ago
Continuing from Where does John the Baptist fit in History? . . . .  Peter Kirby’s first argument for the authenticity of the John the Baptist passage in Antiquities of Josephus is (1) The Textual Witness Itself All manuscripts contain the passage and Kirby goes one step further and states as a fact: It is ..read more
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