What does the word “mystery” denote in Ephesians 6:10? Is it a gnostic or anti-gnostic interpolation? In Bel and the Dragon Daniel is thrown into a lions’ den, just like in canonical Daniel. Why twice? Is Samson not only the sun but also the Trickster? What is the Copenhagen school of Biblical criticism? Why won’t God, if he exists, provide a clear revelation to humanity? What do you think of the suggestion that atheists aren’t sincere when they ask God for revelation? Parallels between real events and earlier fiction in relation to historical veracity of gospel accounts. Christopher Hitchens’ YouTube video “The True Core Of The Jesus Myth” (http://youtu.be/KXAGpCTiGlQ) where (at 0:2:47) he offers the concession that the Nativity story is so clearly fabricated that it suggests the Jesus character has a basis in reality. Valid? Isn’t it ironic how attempts to critically examine biblical texts in light of midrashic traditions requires the historian to engage in exactly the same process of reinterpretation? What evidence is there that mystery religion elements existed in early Christianity? And if Christianity was initially a mystery religion, when and why did this change?
Are there minor or major Jewish myths that Orthodox Jews would not hold as supernatural? Do Protestants or Catholics reject or accept them? Finally what would followers of Islam feel were simply Jewish fables and lacked a supernatural origin? I wonder if the Geek would share some of his thoughts on the Sword and Sorcery genre, specifically Conan and Elric. As an avid listener I’ve only heard vague mentions of Joseph Campbell on the show and was wondering what part he may have had in modern biblical scholarship? You have stated that ‘feet’ is used in the OT as a euphemism for male genitals – how can we know when actual feet were meant? And when did this use stop? Even if Gen 1 and Gen 2 are from different sources, is there evidence that the compilers intended to harmonize the differences by establishing the Hebrews as a special ‘breed’ out of Adam (all the others being equally god-created humans but just not as special)? In Mark’s story of Jesus cursing the fig tree, the first part makes Jesus look like a cranky sorcerer, and it explicitly tells us that he approached the tree because he was hungry, not because he wanted to demonstrate faith. So is the second part just an attempt by Mark to make a meaningful story out of some legendary tale like those we find in the infancy gospels? And could Mark 5:1-13, with the Gerasene Demoniac and the “Legion” of demons, be an attack on Roman paganism?
Is it plausible that 1 Peter was actually written by an educated Hellenistic Jew named Peter in the late first century, and that Peter in Mark’s Gospel is a pure fabrication by a writer some decades later to recast the legendary Peter as a close associate and witness of Jesus? Paul says that he received five times the 40 lashes minus 1 from the Jews. My question is, what power did the Jews have to enforce these decisions? Did Paul submit voluntarily to a Jewish court, to avoid ostracism, or did Jewish courts have coercive powers? Is there any linguist of the Biblical languages who is uniquely expert at separating Biblical from post-Biblical terms, especially when the latter can be misconstrued for the former, and what might they say re color taxonomy in the Bible? What of the speculation that Abel, the herder, and Cain, the farmer, represented the move of the early civilizations from hunting and herding to agriculture, and that this was displeasing to the older gods of hunting and herding? Has any church changed its doctrine based on lower Biblical criticism? Given Jesus’ ascension into the clouds, if we survey the moon in future, could we find tablets of stone on the moon inscribed by Jesus? Evidence that ancient cultures believed that the firmament was a solid blue dome upon which the throne of God sits and that the earth was supported by actual pillars. Is there any evidence that the doctrine of the ascension of Mary might have been developed in order to stop any potential or actual sects that might have venerated any supposed “Tomb of Mary” sites? Suggestions of any good books that show evidence that the early christians were guilty of things such as infant human sacrifice, cannibalism, pederasty, drug use etc. What might things have been like if the canon of the NT only had one gospel in it?
What would it mean that Mark disparaged Jesus’ family if he invented the character of Jesus? How did Christian religion manage to sweep into popularity throughout the Roman Empire? Thoughts about Ignatius of Antioch?. Easter controversy of 190 AD. Did it cement Pope Victor I as the first “real” pope we have good documentation for having existed? In view of surviving manuscript evidence, how late might the gospels have been written? Thoughts on the attitudes of the early New Testament redactors to their materials; were they more skeptical than modern day readers? Possibilityt that Mark has taken up the Epistle of Hebrews idea that Christ is a high priest of a spiritual temple – Hebrews compares the flesh of Jesus to the veil or curtain of the temple, while Mark has the temple veil torn at the death of Jesus. Isn’t the scene in Luke 7:36-39 hopelessly implausible? Comparative and scholarly works on mythology and the Old Testament. In chapter 28 of The Reason-Driven Life it says one ought to trust the future, but doesnâ??t this ignore the existence of failure and tragedy? C.C. Torrey’s theory that the gospels were composed in Aramaic and consequences to dating of the gospels. Is there any validity to the apologist claims that critics do not understand the alien cultural milieu. Where did the very different trial narratives come from? Is there a source or are they simply made up out of whole cloth? Thoughts on Professor Dale Martin from Yale? Historicity of cautionary tales in the bible under minimalism. Does Lev. 20 contradict Deut. 25:5 on marrying oneâ??s brotherâ??s wife? Recommendations on a text that focuses on the rather unorthodox mythology that has developed alongside the Mormon sect. Many suggest that the gospel of Luke was written as many as 10 to 15 years ahead of Acts. If the two writing are so far separated in time how is it that the gospel got its name? Who made the connection of common authorship? How late were any of the books titled?
Are the Markan feeding stories best understood as oral tradition, rewriting the similar Elisha miracle with added details from Homer’s Odyssey? Given the many miracles that precede it, isn’t the cross and resurrection story anticlimactic? Why do evangelists distribute Mark by itself, given the low Christology? What do you think of loose translations like the Good News Bible? Who was “Simon bar Jonah”? And what was the sign of Jonah? Doesn’t John 8 sound pretty darn Gnostic? Might the smearing with mud in John 9 refer to an hallucinogenic ointment to restore spiritual sight? Was Emmet Fox right that the Higher Criticism is irrelevant to the spiritual value and use of the Bible? What does it mean for the 2nd Beast to make the image of the first Beast appear to speak? Doesn’t Origen’s remark that Josephus didn’t believe Jesus was the Messiah imply the latter had said something, not nothing, about Jesus?