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December 22, 2011 / adgerellis


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.

Christians who profess the dogma of a special Christian denomination, and then either through ignorance, or apparently out of some confusion of understanding their own professed faith, act contrary to their denominations creed, to me, need psychological concealing. As mentioned in another posting, I’ve had professing Christians claim proprietary rights, and exclusivity to interpretations of the word “Christianity,” and their interpretation of “their Bible.” Some Christians act and claim that they “own” the “Bible.”

DOES THE NEW TESTAMENT IMITATE HOMER? Four Cases From The Acts Of The Apostles, by Dennis R. MacDonald, has many examples of case characterization. Professor MacDonald writes the following…

“The obvious similarities pertain to characterizations. Like Odysseus, Jesus is a wise carpenter who suffers many things and sails on the sea with associates who are foolish, caravan, and even treacherous. Like Odysseus, Jesus comes to his “house,” the Jerusalem Temple, which has fallen into the hands of his rivals, the Jewish authorities, who, like Penelope’s suitors, devour widows’ houses. Peter plays a role similar to Eurylochus, Odysseus’s second in command; blind Bartimaeus calls to mind the blind seer Tiresias; Judas and Barabbas play roles derived from Melanthius and Irus; the unnamed woman who anoints Jesus for burial resembles Odysseus’s nurse Eurycleia (“Renowned-for-and-wide'”), who recognized her lord’s identity when washing his feet. The youth who fled naked at Jesus’ arrest and reappears at his tomb is an ersatz Elpenor, whose soul met Odysseus in Hades. Mark’s so-called “Messianic Secret” derives from Odysseus’s disguise to keep the suitors in the dark concerning his identity lest they slay him.  Jesus, too, sought to silence those who witnessed his great deeds lest word get back to his foes…”

I understand that Christians can interpret “their” scriptures anyway they want. However, to claim to believe a particular dogma and vehemently and vociferously profess that they belong to a particular Christian denomination and then act contrary to that professed faith seems to be irrational, bordering on schizoid behavior. And, an inconstancy.  To go on, inconsistency in some Christians exclusivity. I’ve heard Christians denounce the study of “Philosophy,” without giving credit to philosophy’s etymology. The etymology and definition of “philosophy” is generally the study of “wisdom.” All the “Christian Bibles” that I have seen proclaim the importance of “wisdom” as an attribute of the “Christian  god.” Are some Christians against wisdom?…

Interpretation der Bibel – Google Books Resultže Krašovec – 1998 – Religion – 1909 pages In Baruch, Sophia searches for a place to dwell in history and finds it in Torah in Israel, contrasting sharply Only Wisdom is preexistent and Torah has no cosmic role.  See JH Charlesworth, The Old Teste- ment Pseudepigrepha II.,+*%22teste-…Ment.%22%22*&source=bl&ots=9TgPEyhlsy&sig=hzI6yvE-MOxb4ZZ_cr9yG0xHYxI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Z1v3TqbdONDogAfwk52SAg&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q&f=false

There is no intention on my part to be sophomoric, or confrontational in disputing the meaning of words. Nevertheless, there is no way that I know short of telepathy, except to use words and define their meaning, especially when there seems to be a confusion in meaning and an exclusivity of word usage. I’ve also heard some Christian say that they believe only the “New Testament,” and disregard the teaching of the “Pentateuch.” Without being divisive, that confesses me. If the god of the “Old Testament” is the same god of the “New Testament,” why disregard the teaching of the Pentateuch? Has god changed “His” mind about morality and human conduct? One of the big sore points with me about the Judeo-Christian god is “His” destruction of the world by the great “diluvial flood,”…

Diluvian – definition of Diluvian by the Free Online Dictionary

Information about Diluvian in the free online English dictionary and  [Late Latin d luvi lis, from Latin d luvium, flood, from d luere, to wash away; see dilute.]

Flood myth – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 A flood myth or deluge myth is a mythical or religious story of a great flood sent by a deity or deities to destroy civilization as an act of divine retribution. It is a

and the apocalyptic promise to destroy the world again, this time with fire. My intention is not to get into a big theological debate. Only to point out my “gripe” with some Christians’ exclusivity and what to me seems an unusual belief in a god that often seems to changes “His” mind after a hysterical rant, and destructive actions…

ו  וַיִּנָּחֶם יְהוָה, כִּי-עָשָׂה אֶת-הָאָדָם בָּאָרֶץ; וַיִּתְעַצֵּב, אֶל-לִבּוֹ. 6 And it repented the LORD that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.

What kind of “god” makes an emotional feeling sentient creature, and then drown’s it in water? Can you follow the logic? The all-knowing “god” must have known that “His” creation would be unpleasant to “His” sensitivities. So, why create a being that has emotions and “free-will” in the first place? Why not make a robot, or some unemotional animal? That  gets me back to philosophy. The reason it seems to me, that many religious people dislike philosophy is that one branch of philosophy is the study of “Logic,” and the study of logic leads to questions that theology will not, or can not answer. None of this is original with me, I freely acknowledge. These questions go farther back in time than the Judeo-Christian faith…See etymoloy of epistemology… Christian, please get this straight ! Christianity is now approximately two thousand years old. Many words that were common in the time of King James of England have changed in meaning. Yes, I know that King James did not live two thousand years ago. This is what I mean, if you are being honest and sincere. Generally, “King Jesus” is supposed to have lived two thousand years ago. Now, please understand without childish preconceptions, that in almost every post made to my website I use real examples that are verifiable, existential and empirical.  Rhetoric, and metaphor is for fun, but some religious people always depend on rhetoric and metaphor that is just pretty talk, florid poetry with no empirical or verifiable facts. That is a waste of everybody time and energy.

New Teste-ment Christians, check this out!…

The Mavens’ Word of the Day  Feb 14, 2001 – If testis meaning ‘witness’ and testis meaningtesticle’ are indeed the same word, then the etymology could be that the testicles are ‘witness’ or

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