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Of course it COULD have happened. Some folk believe it was in keeping with Herod’s nature, others disagree.
There were enough historians and others writing around that time…and certainly within the time frame that one would have expected it to have been recorded such a brutal massacre, however, none seem to have believed it was worth even a passing mention – including Josephus. Makes you wonder, I guess?
But I must always consider that you have an evangelist leaning and will side with the gospels every time. As they are god-breathed etc, yes?
Accuracy, honesty and truth take a back seat in such cases….every time.
But did it happen? Really? Do you TRULY believe that it did, or are you letting your evangelical, apologist self get the better of common sense? I wonder?
Then again Jonah could have been swallowed by a whale, right? ‘Course he could! 😉
Yes, I reckon it’s best you do go and do some research.
Ehrman is an odd case, is he not?
Apologist types like yourself, love to parade him out when it suits but will slate him when it doesn’t, reinforcing the cherry picker label some of you lot have.
Personally, I think he likes to sell books over and above his academic credentials. But then what do I know right?
His last book really teed off many people, especially with some of the conclusions he drew concerning the historicity of Jesus.
Not as bad as that dingbat Strobel, but bad enough to grate.
You are free to post whatever you wish, but please don’t do a post just for my benefit – there really isn’t an argument I haven’t heard or info that I haven’t read already.
Unless you have an epiphany of course.
But do the research. I encourage anyone to study as much material as possible,as they may one day become enlightened to the nonsense they have been fed, and it would be wonderful if you truly understood. So,hit the books…brilliant!
Try looking up Professors Ze’ev Herzog and Abel Finkelstein. Archaeologists who have some very interesting views concerning Moses and the Exodus.
Rene Salm, I have mentioned. Though you might not hold him in much regard as he is not a qualified archaeologist, even though his research is impeccable.
The Catholic Monk, Bagatti.
For goodness sake stay away from the likes of Craig, and Strobel and their ilk. Twits of the first evangelical degree.
If you learn anything really new, let me know, I mean it. have fun.
Now if you require the New Testament accounts to be verified by extra-biblical sources to allow them the possibility of truth, you are placing a burden on them that no classical document can handle.
You can complain about me not respecting Carrier enough, but when even Bart Ehrman thinks his theories are crackpot, don’t expect to get much traction.
This post was about the manuscript evidence for the New Testament. I replied to the points you raised earlier, as I consider it polite as the host of this blog. However, it is beginning to appear that you have an axe to grind with a separate issue and I don’t know that I would be able to answer you without lengthy research. If I do post a proper entry on these issues feel free to continue the conversation there, but I’m going to have to let these issues rest now, so please understand if I don’t reply further to those lines of inquiry.]]>
Anyway, bottom line?
The bible is false doctrine. Much of it is contradictory and cannot be harmonized – by Professor Carrier or anyone else with even half a brain who is prepared to be honest.
But freedom of choice is a wonderful thing.]]>