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    Weekend Papyrus 6/11/2021

    See, spoken like a true Fredo. Did your more competent brother not just chide me for something which you are still doing: “Amazing how you speak with such confidence over issues frequently debated by real scholars.” You should have taken a cue.
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    Weekend Papyrus 6/11/2021

    Are you trying to suggest that the biblical writers could speak Greek fluently but could not write the language ? If not, what point are you trying to make, Empty Barrel?
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    Weekend Papyrus 6/11/2021

    You should know, oh noisy barrel.
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    Weekend Papyrus 6/11/2021

    Strange comment, since you are the one confidently proposing in this thread that all of the New Testament writers were multi-lingual.
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    Weekend Papyrus 6/11/2021

    Forget about multilingualism, they have a serious problem with illiteracy even now:
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    Weekend Papyrus 6/11/2021

    Not much more than 10% of the populations of these countries are “multilingual.” ( And that’s being generous). Go back two thousand years and the situation would be much worse. At most 2 to 3 %.
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    Weekend Papyrus 6/11/2021

    All I’m saying is practice what you preach.
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    Weekend Papyrus 6/11/2021

    Maybe. On the other hand, they were small time local fishermen from Galilee. How much trade do you think they conducted with Greek speaking foreigners ? Trade with locals would hardly require Greek.
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    Weekend Papyrus 6/11/2021

    I was speaking of the native , non-diaspora populations of the Middle East of today ( in countries like Egypt, Syria , and population groups like the Palestinians, etc) . “Israel today” is basically Europe implanted over there in terms of education, so it’s not at all representative of ancient...
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    Weekend Papyrus 6/11/2021

    Quote:
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    Weekend Papyrus 6/11/2021

    Even in the modern world only a minority of the people in the Middle East speak and write multiple languages, with any level of fluency. The standard is one language. I find it a hard sell that all of the biblical writers were fluent in three languages — Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.
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    Weekend Papyrus 6/11/2021

    Bold above, you’re partly right. Correct should be, “if the Bible does not state something, we shouldn’t make it into dogma or doctrine.” In any case, you should be consistent & apply your own maxim to the apparent “Deity” of Christ & the “Triunity of God.” See how far that gets you, Mr. Barrels.
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    Weekend Papyrus 6/11/2021

    Ok maybe not “Luke” ( and I use the word “apostle” to refer to him not in the sense that he was one of the twelve) , but certainly I cannot imagine apostle Peter writing the way he did without help. He was averse to all things gentile even after the resurrection of Jesus.
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    Weekend Papyrus 6/11/2021

    Are you really denying that the GNT writers for the most part (excluding apostle Paul) spoke Koine as a second at best ? Apostles Peter and Luke apparently write well because they used professionals. Certainly apostles John, Matthew and Luke did not have native level fluency nor even fluency .
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    Weekend Papyrus 6/11/2021

    Ofcourse I meant “illiterate” as in “uneducated.” Let’s just say that the GNT writers for the most part spoke Koine as a second at best.
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    Weekend Papyrus 6/11/2021

    Oh, oh! Mr. Barrels, has it occurred to you that the NT writers may have had help ? Perhaps from friends (possibly even native Greeks ones) who may have corrected their grammatical errors, and/or that their letters and gospels might have been smoothed over of errors by ancient (and not so...
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    Weekend Papyrus 6/11/2021

    Seriously. Because they relished it as much (perhaps even more so) than the Carthaginians . If I'm not mistaken, they continued performing human sacrifices late into the 12th century AD, even after the Viking age (793–1066 AD), for which there is ample evidence of this custom. That's rather...
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    If Bauer is correct should John 10:33 be rendered "a god"?

    You’re not gifting me anything by supporting a claim you yourself made on a public forum. ….As I said, wisdom eludes you.
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    If Bauer is correct should John 10:33 be rendered "a god"?

    When one makes a claim, they should be able to support it without preconditions ( imagined or otherwise) or without prejudice, when asked to do so. Because the claim is theirs. But since you are an empty barrel, I wasn’t expecting anything from you , apart from noise. So no surprise.
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