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So very true.
 
We often don't get to the last part, don't we?  But how often do we wished later that we did ....:-)

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This made me cry. Such a powerful poem on a Sunday morning. #powerful #Poety +PoetryOnPlus 
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+Phil Bettinson  is doing Movember+ this year. If he can raise £75 he will shave everything on his head - beard, moustache and hair!
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This is disgusting behaviour from a corporation.
 
Argos sold us a defective bed. We wanted to send it back. Argos insist that it is disassembled.  Michelle complained and was told that in spite of her physical disability there was nothing they were prepared to do about it. Not only did they not apologise they actually told her to 'SHUT UP'! Can you believe that!  Would appreciate this being reposted  and the word spread. 
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Brilliant! Made me giggle.
 
YES!
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LIFE SIZE TARDIS!! This is awesome!
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Wow. This is an amazing idea
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"the New Testament was written by first-century Roman aristocrats and that they fabricated the entire story of Jesus Christ."

This seems a little far fetched, but I haven't read the books. Does anyone here have an opinion on his theories? And, maybe more importantly, would it change anything for you?
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Based entirely on this article (Because I don't really have the time to read the book, and I've already struggled through the rather more bonkers Jesus the Man by Barbera Theiring), there are one or two flaws.

The first is the idea of an entirely fictional Jesus. While you can posit that the picture of Jesus in the 4 Gospels is composite, and may include myths about other figures that became associated with Jesus over time, it seems a little far-fetched to have created a wandering preacher in Ancient Isreal, when there were already loads of wandering preachers you could just pick up and use, with a bit of PR.

Second, it implies that the roman empire gave two hoots about the Jews, or the nation of Isreal. They had already crushed one rebellion there, and while a rebellion in Isreal might be inconvenient, the might of the Roman army, vs rebells wasn't really going to be a threat to them. So, why bother with such a lavish scheme?

Third, as the article said "Many of the parallels are conceptual or poetic, so they aren't all immediately obvious. After all, the authors did not want the average believer to see what they were doing, but they did want the alert reader to see it. An educated Roman in the ruling class would probably have recognised the literary game being played". This implies many things, most of which are false. The first is that this is a litterary game. To begin to accept this as a litterary possiblity, one would need proof form the region, or the culture, that this was something that was done on a regular basis. People did take the lives of  people of the past and re-cast them with modern beleifs, but they were more recounting what was now understood, rather than reinventing them entirely (note; YMMV). Second, poetic allusions are just that, allusions. It is entirely possible to read all manner of parts of the Bible in some very poetic ways that gets you all kinds of theologies (Millenialism, for example), which are just not supported by knowledge of the culture, the religious beliefs, and the events of the world. It would require rather more than "allusion" to get anywhere near the suggestion that this was a "confession" from antiquity that Jesus was invented.

This is, at least on the basis of this article, simply another piece of semi-scholaristic tripe. The invitation to head to the seminar is also one of those rather irritating advertising campaigns. As no-one else will have had the time to study the specific material that they will be presenting, their "knock-down" arguments will probably survive the day on the basis that no-one who can actually debate with them cares enough to bother going, and those who do care will be debating with one hand tied behind their back. I would assume that this book does not deal with the other claims made about who Jesus may have really been (eg. Apollionis, Based on proclamations of Ceaser Augustus, etc), and will probably not have engaged with the scholarship of the period that seeks the impossible task of finding which aramaic preacher Jesus was.

Yes there will be stories and acts in Jesus' life that were based on earlier figures. It were ever thus. The ancient world was quite happy with this idea, it was a form of homage, as well as a way of differentation. Yes there will always be people who find secret codes and hidden maps in the Bible.

No, it won't really affect learned Christians. We are aware of the problems of our own text. We are also aware of the problems of any ancient text, and the trouble with reading and understanding them. The difference is that the Bible is so important to so many people that it comes under far more scruitiny than any other book. For this, we as Christians should be thankful. It means that the Wisdom of God is read by far more people than it would be otherwise.
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Here, here. I don't think God would mind giving credit where it's due! 
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I always assumed it was down to the difference in holy days
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