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The Bible Geek

Robert M Price presents theology with a twist
 but without the spin

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The Bible Geek Podcast 17-006
Tuesday, February 14th 2017, 57m
If the epistles precede Mark, and if Mark chose to historicize Jesus, and if Mark based his Jesus character on some individual Cynic sage, would that individual qualify as the historic Jesus? An explanation for how Pythagoras knew there were 153 fish, based on 153 as a ‚??triangular number.‚?? What if anything can be the ‚??moral lesson‚?? taught in the last 3 chapters of Judges with their gang-rapes and massacres? Why was Christianity, after the supposed death of Jesus, based in Jerusalem? Are there any reports of Jesus having appeared in other parts of the world after his death to people who would have no expectation of seeing him?

The Bible Geek Podcast 17-005
Friday, February 10th 2017, 49m
Is it possible that the ‚??young men‚?? who grabbed hold of the fleeing ‚??young man‚?? in Gethemane (in Mark) were the basis of the hypothetical ‚??12 legions of angels‚?? in Matthew? What are your thoughts on Daniel‚??s 70 weeks prophecy that apparently was fulfilled by Jesus to the day? And if we are to imagine that Jesus actually was a historical figure could he hit have self-fulfilled this himself? Since so many denominations of Christianity claim they are saved by grace alone, how do Christians get around all the works righteous passages? How do you suppose Lutherans are able to keep Luther‚??s treatise "On the Jews and their Lies" under wraps? When Luke says "Jesus was the first to rise from the dead" in Acts, is he talking about rising out of hell, which is what I've heard at least one apologist say, or did he actually mean the first to rise from the dead, forgetting about all of the previous folks that were raised in the OT and the people Jesus raised himself? Why is liturgy important, and also, why are there seasons to the church year, like Advent, Lent, Pentecost, and so on? I recently read your article ‚??Was Jesus John the Baptist Raised from the Dead?‚?? How have your thoughts about this idea changed since you wrote the article? What type of reaction have you received from other critical scholars? It's my understanding that Marcion believed in the dual Gods like the Gnostics and that Jesus was sent by the "Good" God as a spiritual entity. He felt that Paul was God‚??s chief apostle and Marcion collected Paul‚??s letters into a canon. In my opinion this is damning evidence that Marcion felt Paul believed in a spiritual Christ and not a human one, i.e. Mythicist's are right! Why do you suppose Matthew, writing for a Jewish audience, does not mention the circumcision of Jesus but Luke, writing for a Gentile audience, places it at the proper 8th day? Seems to me it would be the opposite of this. Could you talk about the Gabriel Revelation stone?

The Bible Geek Podcast 17-004
Friday, January 27th 2017, 28m
Doesn‚??t the "Jesus Mythicism" hypothesis posits too high a Christology (Jesus as a dying/rising God) to interpret the Jesus of our oldest sources? Isn‚??t the eating of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil a fable about human consciousness, ie why are we different from other animals, feel shame, guilt, fear for the future, etc.? Isn‚??t it as silly to casually assume one can use the New Testament gospels as evidence for the historicity of Jesus as it would be to assume one could use THE ODYSSEY as evidence for the historicity of Odysseus? If Jude says he is the servant of Jesus and brother to James then can I make the assumption that James is not the biological brother of Jesus but his servant also? Might Luke‚??s ‚??diagnosis‚?? language mark him as an exorcist rather than a physician?

The Bible Geek Podcast 17-003
Tuesday, January 24th 2017, 30m
Might Honi the Circle Drawer have been the true founder of Christianity? See: http://www.lost-history.com/honi_the_circle_drawer.php http://www.lost-history.com/dumuzi.php http://www.lost-history.com/ http://www.lost-history.com/dying-and-rising-gods.php http://lost-history.com/introduction.php Assyrian estimates of the size of earth, heaven, and the Abyss. Is there any absolutely literal bible translation, one so literal as to render the names into their meanings, e.g., Jesus isn't merely rendered as Yeshua but as "savior"? I'd love to hear your thoughts on how to create spaces for discussions where people disagree, sometimes passionately, while still respecting each other as people, citizens, and siblings.

The Bible Geek Podcast 17-002
Monday, January 16th 2017, 43m
Aren‚??t preachers who start talking in the first person as if they were Jesus doing the same thing biblical critics said early Christians did, resulting in the gospel sayings? As someone who has been involved in the Neo-Pagan movement for two decades, I used to encounter the idea that Jesus was a "Great White Witch‚?? the meaning that he was a healer and magic user. What do you think is the strongest argument for this? In Moses and Minimalism, are your mentions of dugong hides being used to decorate the Ark of the Covenant a joke I'm not getting? Doesn‚??t the similarity of Galatians with passages in the Dead Sea Scrolls imply Pauline authorship, not pseudepigraphy? Is it really possible that in John 19:26-27 Jesus means to say Mary is henceforth the Mother of all Christians? Does reciting the Rosary count as ‚??vain repetition‚??? The newest edition of the English Standard Version of the Bible, in Genesis 3, changes ‚??your desire shall be for your husband‚?? to something like ‚??your desire shall be contrary to your husband‚??s.‚?? Is this legit? What is the best argument for Jesus having been a magician? I'm curious as to your membership status with the Episcopalians. Jesus is often understood as a Sun God, but has there been any work done to align the character of Jesus with Water deities?

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