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The Bible Geek


The Bible Geek

Robert M Price presents theology with a twist
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The Bible Geek Podcast 14-057
Thursday, October 16th 2014, 1h19m
The Ethiopian canon divides the book of Proverbs into two parts, 1??24 and 25??31. Is it an ancient Jewish division or something later scribes came up with? Could we view the Gospels as products of rival Antiochs? Luke wrote in Antioch near the Sea and Matthew wrote in Edessa (also called Antioch). Is there any connection between the number of Surahs in the Qur'an (114) and the number of sayings in the Gospel of Thomas (also 114)? What is so significant about James the brother of Jesus? Is there actual archaeological evidence that Quirinius had an earlier tenure as Roman governor in Palestine? Do you believe the Gospel writers simply believed in annihilation or eternal torture? Did they view Gehenna merely as a garbage dump or a symbol for a literal hell? From some of the stuff I've heard about The Golgotha Chainsaw Massacre (aka Gibson's The Passion of the Christ), a lot of stuff in the movie was based not biblical sources, but on the visions of a nun, which gave a much higher detailed version of the passions. Was I hearing right, and what can you tell us about this version of the death of Christ? An apologist said, "Most scholars today have no difficulty with the fact that the canon of scriptures was formed by the end of the first century. Everybody knew what the Bible was. There were a few disputes, a few discussions over certain books, but the church fathers and the very early Christians had no problem over the vast majority of the New Testament. The Old Testament, of course, was already decided." Do you agree that Christians had the Bible canon, both Old and New Testaments, pretty much settled by the end of the first century? Second, even if you disagree, would you grant this fellow's assertion that "most scholars" share his opinion? Does Isaiah really mention satyrs? Would you give a thumbnail biography and explain the significance of Marcion and Polycarp?

The Bible Geek Podcast 14-056
Saturday, October 4th 2014, 1h19m
Can you provide a Bible timeline that addresses the time periods when each piece was put together, and when the Bible as a whole would have been accepted by the modern religion(s) of that time? Who tattooed the testicles of Jesus in Rev. 19:16? Why is Paul so keen that men in the Corinthian church should pray or prophesy with heads uncovered (1 Cor. 11:4)? Why didn't Paul include his mates on the way to Damascus amongst his witnesses in 1Cor15? If it was so darn urgent to spread the gospel all over the world, why didn't Jesus, a carpenter after all, build a boat and embark on missionary voyages to the Western hemisphere?

The Bible Geek Podcast 14-055 (Google Hangout)
Tuesday, September 30th 2014, 1h43m
Was John the Baptist historical? Robert Eissler's theories on both the fish god Oannes (Dagon) and a historical John, but a generation earlier than Jesus. Does John's presence in Josephus support his historicity? More evidence that the genealogies of Matthew and Luke are fundamentally irreconcilable. Strauss' The Life of Jesus Critically Examined seems to have dealt with and "flattened" every apologist argument in support of historicity long before modern apologetics. Dr. Price reads an excerpt from his forthcoming Blaming Jesus for Jehovah book on Matthew's nativity story. Modern rationist theories concerning the star of Bethlehem. Colin Wilson on Lovecraft. Discussion on Price's Antarktos Cycle anthology containing a sequel by Wilson to Lovecraft's Mountains of Madness. Lamentations about the lack of European scholarship never translated into English. The Human Bible New Testament is nearing print publication. The audio recording of The Case Against the Case for Christ was recently completed and should soon go into the editing process. Why do scholars quote material in multiple languages but never provide an English translation, even in predominantly English books? Story collaboration between Peter H. Cannon and Price called "The Curate of Temphill," another anthology which contains Price's "The Seven Thunders," etc. The sealing up of the seven thunders and brontology in Revelation in relation to other apocrypha and "heresies" such as Nicolaitans. How John's gospel functions as a "corrective" to the synoptics and betrays a knowledge of these earlier gospels. John the Baptist as the incarnate Logos. Why did the gospel of John portray Jesus as being guilty of blasphemy in the eyes of the Judean crowds? Philo's philosophy in John's gospel. Does Satan ever attempt to prevent the birth of Jesus in any apocryphal gospel? Some similar and somewhat parallel motifs exist in a Sufi saying and in the birth of Zoroaster. A look at "pseudo-Matthew" (AKA The Infancy Gospel of Matthew). Jehovah's Witnesses interpret the star as Satanic in origin. Jesus as the "Star Child" of 2001.

The Bible Geek Podcast 14-054 (Google Hangout)
Tuesday, September 23rd 2014, 2h13m
Information on the possibility of Dr. Price doing one-on-one online courses via Google + for a fee. Can Dr. Price describe his Higher Critical tutorial course curriculum and format? Has Dr. Price read Richard Carrier's latest book, On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt (answer: not yet). What are the main distinctions between Marcionites and Gnostics? Is Gnosticism pre-Christian, and furthermore distinctive from its later Christian manifestations? What examples from all the biblical manuscripts known today unequivocally illustrate a history of actual redaction and/or interpolations, and are there changes known now that were not previously anticipated or even recognized by textual critics? Source criticism in relation to the Septuagint and the Dead Sea Scrolls. What about the idea that gods have a physical seat of power and their authority wanes as you get farther and farther from that location? Questions on the Zeitgeist movie, Mithra vs. Mithras, rising and dying gods and astrotheology. Dr. Price's equation of "the Emergent Church" with the rediscovery of Liberal Protestantism. Dr. Price's opinions on Reza Aslan's book Zealot and its relation to SGF Brandon's earlier works (book review by him available only in print for American Rationalist magazine). Lena Einhorn's "time shift" hypothesis. Did Valentinian Gnostics use the Julian calendar or the Jewish calendar? Barbara Thiering on Qumran and Nag Hammadi calendar lore. What does the contents of the Nag Hammadi library reveal about those who deposited it? Deuteronomy 28:23 vs Leviticus 29:19: any significance to the inversion of the sky metaphors in each passage? Otto Eissfeldt's works on the Documentary Hypothesis. Do the two birds in Genesis 3 reflect two sub-sources of the J (Yahwist) source? How does this part of the Noah story related to the Epic of Gilgamesh? Joel S. Baden's theory on doublets and triplets in the Pentateuch. The Life of Jesus in the Light of Higher Criticism by Alfred Wilhelm Martin, and Dr. Price sings. Recommendations for an alternative to Bultmann's commentary on John's gospel: C. H. Dodd's Interpretation of the Fourth Gospel and Historical Tradition in the Fourth Gospel; Ernst Haenchen's A Commentary on the Gospel of John; Jerome Neyrey's An Ideology of Revolt; Robert T. Fortna on the "signs source." Relationship between John and the synoptic Gospels. Controversies about the acceptance of John's gospel into the NT canon. The "sanitation" of other NT writings for orthodox usage. Was the high Christology of the "logos" the earliest? Dr. Price's cat terminates his participation in the hangout prematurely.

The Bible Geek Podcast 14-053
Monday, September 22nd 2014, 50m
Herodotus' "Histories" does not mention of the Hebrews, Abraham, Judah, Moses or Yahweh. Did Herodotus think no Jews is good news? Were the ancient Hebrews simply not of a number to be noticed on the "world scene?" Furthermore, is Yahweh Zeus, who according to Herodotus, came from Egypt? Which of the audio versions do you recommend for someone going through the entire New Testament for the first time? Is Pliny's letter a forgery as Detering says? Were John the writer of Revelation and John the apostle different? Did the writer of Revelation know the Gospels at all? Does Rev 2:7's "Garden of God" hearken back to Genesis and the Garden of Eden? Was "Whoever has ears to hear...?? a common phrase in ancient apocalyptic? In Revelation, is "Balaam" a reference to Baal? Or a warning about the teachings of Paul or Gnosticism? Rev 3:14 ("This is the message from the Amen, the faithful and true witness"): in the Gnostic Book of Baruch "Amen" is one of the Angels. Is Amen an Angel anywhere else in the bible? Who are the 24 elders of Rev 4:4? When the angel blows the fifth trumpet and the locusts come down and are not allowed to harm anybody with of seal of God, does this hearken back to the Passover story? Is Apollyon in Rev 9:11 the Greek god Apollo making a cameo? Does John 14:26 indicate that there were no written notes of Jesus teachings, for otherwise Jesus would have told them to consult their diary rather than wait for a miraculous reminder? If Jesus was able to fly up in the sky like Acts 1:9 suggests, why didn't he fly over to America and Australia to immediately tell them the good news of his resurrection but was instead content to leave it for over 1492 years until the Europeans started to tell them the Bible stories?

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