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December 21, 2011 / adgerellis

CHRISTMAS IN EGYPT WITH THE COPTS !

CHRISTMAS IN EGYPT WITH THE COPTS !  Coptic Egyptians and their “Magickal Books.” The very ancient stories written by a person called Ovid, in his book, “The Metamorphoses,” plus, “The Satyricon, possibly written by the man named, Petronius and lastly the real magickal story by Apuleius, called “The Golden Ass,” all have been used as examples in my recent post. Jesus, Mark, and Christians in ancient Egypt must have a least heard about, as to this kind of knowledge if they were even a little educated. That is to say, that if they were teachers, rabbis, and philosophers they had to know, as these writings were the basic literature of the ancient Greek and Roman civilization. To follow with the book reviews, the following should be the absolute and final proof that the Christian New Testament Books got their inspiration and even some of their basic text from ancient Greek and Roman literature. Please try to be honest, and read with decrement.

DOES the NEW TESTAMENT IMITATE HOMER? Four Cases From The Acts Of The Apostles, by Dennis R. MacDonald. Published by Yale University Press, in the year 2003.

“If the orientation of this book is correct, its theological implications are profound. Contemporary theologians often ascribe authority to the narratives of the New Testament by dint of their continuity with the traditions of early Christian movement. From this perspective, the Gospels and Acts are products of a linear, if complex, process of oral and written composition that might be read both critically and appreciatively. Even if they may not record historical events, they record the hopes, ideas, preaching, and practices from the history of the early Church. However, if we accept that Luke, for example, composed many of his narratives without traditions in a battle among competing fictions, form him, this view must be modified. He no doubt had access to traditions and sources, but they by no means determined the shape of his narrative. Like most of his literary contemporaries, he was in the dominant religious narratives of his culture. Ancient evangelism was, to a large extent, a mytho-machia, a battle among competing fiction…”  Now, at this point, one more ancient writer will be introduced. To give the reader of this Blog some idea when you read a translation of the New Testament books, they are not just a story of Jesus. They are not just a history of Christianity, they are in the tradition of ancient poetry.  The stories and history of Jesus, his disciples, apostles, and followers in a poetic tradition, in each word and sentence of the original language, Greek, some Aramaic, maybe, some derivative Roman Latin words, and Egyptian concepts of magick, all add up to a “smooth,” beautiful work of ancient literature. This would be understood as poetry as an educated Greek or Roman would understand. And, even they could  have enjoyed the Books of the New Testament as we today enjoy the books about Harry Potter the boy wizard and his fictional friends. Some Romans and Greeks would naturally despise the books, as foolish superstition, just as some Christians dislike the Harry Potter books. (Just a note: I know that classical scholars, or extremely educated people will look at these blogs and laugh, or deride me as an ignorant simpleton. I have an idiosyncratic style, poor punctuation, orthographic, and grammatical mistakes. In some cases the mistakes are on purpose. In other cases I am a simpleton ! Some of the mistakes are mockery of myself, a self-denigration. I don’t claim to be a “know-it-all.” I laugh at my self a lot of times for simple-minded mistakes…. The world is a big place for my little brain to contain all the information that there is in the world.)

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