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15624Re: [XTalk] Re: Josephus

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  • Dr. Rikk E. Watts (Cantab)
    Apr 2, 2004
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      Hi Ken,

      Yes I am relying on Meier CBQ 52 (1990) (cf. Brown). Seeing you are familiar
      with his work and the authorities he cites, I trust you don't mind if I
      don't repeat his extensive argument. Perhaps you could tell me why you
      reject it?

      Regards
      Rikk


      On 1/4/04 5:14 PM, "Ken Olson" <kaolson@...> wrote:

      > At 4:27 PM on April 1, 2004, Dr. Rikk E. Watts wrote in response to me:
      >
      >> Thanks for the question. If you look at the passage in question there are
      >> some later Christian interpolations but they do not bear on the issue in
      >> question. But by text as stands I was referring to what Josephus seems
      >> plainly to say in the non-interpolated and relevant section. Does this
      >> help? My apologies if my language was unclear.
      >
      > Rikk,
      >
      > OK; I see you are advocating the partial authenticity of the Testimonium (a
      > la Meier et al., I presume), rather than complete authenticity. I take the
      > whole thing to be a Eusebian composition. What I wonder, though, is how
      > confident you can be that the words "And though, on the accusation of the
      > first men among us, he was condemned to the cross by Pilate, those who loved
      > him at first did not cease" should be attributed to Josephus? What is it
      > about these 17 words (in the Greek) that makes you sure that they're not
      > interpolated even though the four words before them and the 20 words after
      > them (if you are following, e.g., Meier) are interpolated? And how do you
      > know that the so-called interpolations are later than the rest of the text?
      > It would seem that the text "as it stands" is a Christian text.
      >
      > Best Wishes,
      >
      > Ken
      >
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