Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Over At Across The Atlantic

If you haven't seen, there are some pretty interesting posts over at Across the Atlantic:
"Matthew 16:18 and Whether Jesus Was the Founder of a Church" is pretty self-explanatory. Antonio and I disagree on this. Read and find out how.
"The Library in Alcalá de Henares and Manuscripts for the Polyglot" deals with the famous six-volume Complutensian Polyglot Bible produced by Cardinal Cisneros and a team of philologists at the beginning of the sixteenth century. I've actually translated a very important section of a book dealing with the library in Alcalá de Henares. This is important because almost no one quotes or references the data the authors cite in their book.
"Paul and the Use of Amanuenses" discusses Paul's practice of writing letters. Did he write them himself? Well, certainly not all of them based on the content of certain letters. Did he dictate them word for word or did he allow ghost writing, specifying only what he hoped to address in the letter and leaving it up to his amanuensis to write it all out? I think you'll enjoy this one. 
"Neither Philo nor Justus Say Anything about Jesus: Why?" talks about two contemporaries of Jesus. If Jesus was as popular and influential in his own day as the authors of the Gospels say, then why didn't these two men say anything about him? Great question. 
"Προσέρχομαι, Presence/Absence, And Context" deals with that Greek word that can mean "I come to, draw near to." What's interesting though is the word can be used to indicate that a person is present and just comes to the front of a narrative (or group of people) or that a person is absent and shows up. There's nothing earth shattering here, but it is an important observation regarding how this lexeme functions.
"The Change From Saul To Paul" Part 1 and Part 2 is taken from Antonio's book on the apostle Paul. You've probably heard someone discuss Paul's name change before. Antonio will give you way more information than you've read in the past though. Paul didn't just change his name so that he could better relate to the Gentiles. Nope. There's a better answer and one that tells us a lot about how Paul thought about himself and the God who called him to preach the gospel. 

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