Posted: Apr 23, 2022 7:29 am
by Leucius Charinus
Clive Durdle wrote:There are phrases to the effect let he who understands this dotted through out the NT.

The earliest Greek NT has abbreviated codes for a whole range of things. Codes are everywhere. If you found this in a book store without a lookup table for the meaning of the codes, would you buy this book? It was a puzzle book. Especially if it was written in bad greek? Of course not. Until it was used a political instrument in the Roman empire by Bullneck.

    In Christian scribal practice, nomina sacra (singular: nomen sacrum from Latin sacred name) is the abbreviation of several frequently occurring divine names or titles, especially in Greek manuscripts of Holy Scripture. A nomen sacrum consists of two or more letters from the original word spanned by an overline. Metzger lists 15 such expressions from Greek papyri: the Greek counterparts of God, Lord, Jesus, Christ, Son, Spirit, David, Cross, Mother, Father, Israel, Savior, Man, Jerusalem, and Heaven.[1] These nomina sacra are all found in Greek manuscripts of the 3rd century and earlier, except Mother, which appears in the 4th.[2]

Acts is a riff on Homer.

Books of MacDonald, Dennis R. .
——— (1990). The Acts of Andrew and the Acts of Andrew and Matthias in the city of the cannibals. Texts and translations. Vol. 33. Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press. ISBN 9781555404925. OCLC 21950803.
——— (1994). Christianizing Homer: "The Odyssey," Plato, and "The Acts of Andrew". Oxford, UK & New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-508722-2. OCLC 473473966.
——— (2000). The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300080124. OCLC 42389595.
——— (2003). Does the New Testament Imitate Homer? Four Cases from the Acts of the Apostles. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-09770-2. OCLC 475204848.

He makes a convincing argument for this stuff. One of the more compelling arguments in favor (IMO) is that Homer was read as part of the education system - quite a central part along with other classical literature. Everyone who was able to write in the greek language would have almost certainly have read their Homer two or three or a hundred times.

What patterns and codes have been found, for example might the places it is said Jesus went to have been chosen explicitly for some reason?

The code for Jesus "IS" in the NT is also used in the Christian version of Greek LXX to represent Joshua "IS". You could say that the code for Joshua was passed down to Jesus. What an impressive antiquity that was. Except it was fabricated by whichever scriptorium cooked up the Greek NT - the "Jesus Story Book".

IMO the entire NT has been fabricated and the codes were thrown in for good measure. Roman officials loved abbreviations. The practice of using abbreviations was a Roman obsession. The Romans abbreviated everything. The proliferation of a multiplicity of codes has Roman fingerprints all over them.

Bruno Bauer was probably on target.

WIKI: According to Bauer, the writer of Mark's gospel was "an Italian, at home both in Rome and Alexandria"; Matthew's gospel was written by "a Roman, nourished by the spirit of Seneca"; and Christianity is essentially "Stoicism triumphant in a Jewish garb."

Bruno Bauer thought Christian origins was not in the 1st century. And that Paul is a total fabrication of a later century.