Re: [XTalk] Re: Dating Paul
- Hi Don,
>Yes. I just don't know how much of those Acts travels have anything to do
>Is part of your thinking about Paul that his impact was also
>geographically limited, i.e. Greece/Asia Minor?
with history. And what I accept as from the historical Paul are Galatians,
Philippians, Philemon, the Corinthian correspondence and Romans (with the
understanding that all of these are redacted).
>I actually think part of the hardiness of this movement was that it
>Is it reasonable to speculate that the Gentile Christian church
>outside of these areas (i.e. Egypt, Syria, Italy) developed a
>more "moderate" approach to Judaism and worked more closely with
>James and the Jerusalem church?
attracted folks with a variety of takes on theo-ethical ideas... hence the
vitality... hence the whopping good arguments... hence the various
strategies for affirmation/ proclamation. What I'd like to know more about
is the diversity out there in "the synagogues" across the world. Paul talks
about "4 takes" in Corinth... how many of these folks were Jews?/ how many
prostlytes?/ how many out and out Gentiles? And so... among the Jews... how
many really got all that hot about strict kosher legalism? Would love to
know these sorts of details. What I do note in the earliest strains of
literature is the varying Hebrew Bible resources appealed to as
foundational. For descriptive purposes only (yes, I know it's more complex
than this!), but Q seems especially interested in "one like Elijah," James
as reflected in 1-3 seems focused on Moses and the Torah as God's wisdom
(see Deut. 4:5-8), early Thomas on Solomonic wisdom, and the Petrine strain
in such as the Kenotic hymn in the midrash of "one like David" and hence
such as the Suffering Servant materials. Paul, at center, was most at home
in this latter central focus. Thus he and Peter might have had their
differences about meal practices, but their basic affinities as to beginning
foundations made them more alike than different.
>Ignatius seems to be anti-Jewish (Christians or otherwise) as was
>Marcion and they both came from Paul's apostolic stomping ground.
>Coincidence? I think not...
>Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- (from the site you mentioned):
"Half Shekel - the currency of the Jerusalem Temple
At the Great Temple in Jerusalem the annual tax levied on Jews
was 1/2 shekel per male. The 1/2 shekel and shekel were ... the
only coins accepted by the temple."
I'm confused. The Tyrean half-shekel contained an image of Melqarth,
yet it was acceptable at the Temple? Practically speaking, it may
have been the most stable non-Roman currency, but I was under the
impression that the reason the Herodian coinage - as well the shekel
minted 66-70 by Jewish revolutionaries - contained no human image,
was a supposed ban on "graven images". What's the story? Money win
out over principle, no such principle, or was the principle not so
Mt. Clemens, MI