Further updates

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by Neil Godfrey

It’s great to see that René Salm still adds to his website. His latest is a response to arguments that the passage in Josephus’s Antiquities about John the Baptist is part of the original Josephan text:


[H/t Giuseppe]

Other recent posts relating to René Salm’s work:

And others on the John the Baptist reference in Josephus’s Antiquities:

Further, I have added more chapters to the Bruno Bauer page. Interesting thoughts that arise:

1. The temptations of Jesus in the wilderness are actually the temptations of the Church;

2. It makes little sense for a great founder or teacher to be declaring that a “greater” is following him — the founder is necessarily the greater one;

3. Contrary to what we read about the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, no teacher has ever started out by calling for a team of disciples. Disciples must always follow after the work of teaching has been underway for some time and making an impact.


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3 thoughts on “Further updates”

  1. Re :1. The temptations of Jesus in the wilderness are actually the temptations of the Church” Thank goodness, because they don’t make any sense otherwise.

    Let’s see, you have Satan, Yahweh’s great and good servant, tempting Jesus? Uh, Jesus is more powerful than Satan, why would he be tempted by anything promised by a lesser being? Jesus is in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights as an ordeal? Is this not the god who made manna for a couple of million Hebrews in the desert on a daily basis? Is this not the god whose servants could strike a rock and water would flow to quench the thirst of millions?

    Why does a god need 40 days to think over anything?

  2. Those interested in the dishonesty of biblical editors, might check out the recent article on the topic of Secrecy in the New Testament Disguising Pauline Influence on Mark. Journal of Biblical Lit. Considered the premier journal in the field.

    1. A most interesting read, thanks. I don’t know if it relates to dishonesty anywhere, but it most definitely fits with a cluster of other reading I have been doing on the Gospel of Mark, Paul and Marcionism. I’ll probably reference it in posts to come.

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