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Joseph Atwill

Flavius Josephus, CREATION TO THE DEATH OF ISAAC

Antiquities of the Jews - Book I
1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. But when the earth did not come into sight, but was covered with thick darkness, and a wind moved upon its surface, God commanded that there should be light: and when that was made, he considered the whole mass, and separated the light and the darkness; and the name he gave to one was Night, and the other he called Day: and he named the beginning of light, and the time of rest, The Evening and The Morning, and this was indeed the first day. But Moses said it was one day; the cause of which I am able to give even now; but because I have promised to give such reasons for all things in a treatise by itself, I shall put off its exposition till that time. After this, on the second day, he placed the heaven over the whole world, and separated it from the other parts, and he determined it should stand by itself. He also placed a crystalline [firmament] round it, and put it together in a manner agreeable to the earth, and fitted it for giving moisture and rain, and for affording the advantage of dews. 

Logia Fragmets

INTRODUCTION ON the edge of the Libyan desert, 1 20 miles south of Cairo. a series of low mounds, covered with Roman and early Arab pottery, marks the spot where stood the capital of the Oxyrhynchite nome. The wide area of the site, and the scale of the buildings and city walls, where trace- able, testify to its past size and importance ; but it declined rapidly after the Arab conquest, and its modern representa- tive, Behnesa, is a mere hamlet. A flourishing city in Roman times, and one of the chief centres of early Chris- tianity in Egypt, Oxyrhynchus offered a peculiarly attrac- tive field for explorers who, like ourselves, make the recovery of Greek papyri, with all the manifold treasures they may bring, their principal aim. The result of our excavations there during the last winter, an account of which will be published in the next Archaeological Report of the Egypt Exploration Fund, amply justified our anticipations. 

Old vs New Covenant

Matthew 5:17 "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

Some laws have been fulfilled and some laws are God's eternal will for how we are to live our lives if we want to honor Him. The sacrificial, ceremonial, and holiness laws like dietary laws have all been fulfilled either by Jesus or the coming of the Holy Spirit.
 

Nova Bible Stories

This show was on four times around Easter on the local PBS station.

I was surprised how they would completely ignore the other one God religion Mazdaism.  They failed to recognize, the most important early stories of the Bible. Noah,  Jonah,  and  Job  are neither Jewish or Israeli.

That the region where Mazdaism originates is Bactria in northern Afghanistan.  The area where Abraham and his people come through on their way to Egypt. This is where Noah is said to be after the flood.    

 

Bart D. Ehrman

Folowing the general thinking on this website, the gospels are a colections of writings that describe a new religious movement spearheaded by Jesus Christ.

The carefull re-manipulation of the concepts of this radical religious and social movement would have been the object of the Roman church that came after Constantine (325AD).

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Celebecy and Marage, Diogenes and Corinthians

Diogenes...  When asked when a man should marry, he replied that a young man ought not to marry just yet and an old man not at all.

Opinion: Marriage should be out of the question at all times. If is a financial arrangement based on partnership, partnerships rarely work. An arrangement based on love, lust or sex that is a failure. A relation created to build family is more rational, but there are many alternatives other than marriage to build a family.

Marriage functions as a relation to tend to home and children while the men go fight wars. Marriage and chivalry  is the alternative to the Nordic approach to war as waged with both women and children.

Modern society has made marriage a moot point. Less than 50% of adults are married, and armies no longer discriminate by gender.   

      

 

Matthew 6:28-30 lilies of the field

Matthew 6:28-30 (New American Standard Bible)

28"And why are you (A)worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,

29yet I say to you that not even (B)Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.

30"But if God so clothes the (C)grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? (D)You of little faith!

Epistle to the Romans - Jews were culturally Greek

Most of the 534 names on the inscription are Greek: 405 (76%). 123 people (23%) had a Latin name, whereas the remaining 5 inscriptions show Hebrew, Aramaean and hybrid names. 

This confirms that most Roman Jews were culturally Greek, not Latins. Another argument for the Greek orientation of Roman Judaism can be found in the letter that the Christian teacher Paul wrote to the Roman Christians: he gives his regards to 18 people with a Greek name, 4 Latins and 2 Hebrews (Epistle to the Romans 16.5-16).

Gleaming

Some ancient cultures promoted gleaning as an early form of a welfare system.  In the Old Testament According to the Holiness Code and the Deuteronomic Code of the Torah, farmers should leave the corners of their fields unharvested, and they should not attempt to harvest any left-overs that had been forgotten when they had harvested the majority of a field.

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