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Old 12-17-2013, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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It really is 'all my own work'.
Unless you can translate ancient Greek and Aramaic, it isn't "all" your work. A large part of the controversies in the Biblical scholar world center on disagreements over proper translations. I do not speak or read those languages, so I am reliant on whichever translation whomever I'm reading has elected to follow and I'm absent the means to critique that translation.

I also wonder about your asserting that no one has done this or that, followed by your admission that you do not read the books in the field, so how would you know whether or not it has been done?
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Old 12-17-2013, 01:45 PM
 
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Sorry for the duplicate posts. don't know how that happened.

In fact, as I have said before, I don't need to go translation - shopping. I can even work with KJV. The general sense is all that is needed to see whether the Gospels fit together convincingly or too well to be other than copy, or so poorly that they can't be trusted. If there is a question of exact meaning, it is not hard to make a language check.

I have heard only that one writer has suggested that Jesus was Barabbas. Apart from that I have had no whisper of anyone going down my lane. And the Barabbas thing is part of my 'Pet theory' not the analysis work, and the pet theory does not get argued, because it isn't provable, the way I think the other stuff is.

Perhaps I am fooling myself, but by golly, it all fits together and more and more answers keep coming. I think I have cracked it, but others will have to judge.

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Old 12-17-2013, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Summit, NJ
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I read his book "The New Testament" in college, and it was excellent, and quite comprehensive. To be honest, I couldn't tell that he was an atheist at the time, as he doesn't write from an explicitly atheist viewpoint. Far as I could tell, he could be a Christian who's just really liberal regarding the literality of the Bible.
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:58 PM
 
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Thanks for getting back on topic It's not all about me!
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