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  1. In order for believers to continue believing a...

    In order for believers to continue believing a new belief they must be continually "sold" on the brand. In addition, the Gospels were not simply for believers, they were used for evangelization...
  2. I may not be using the correct terminology, but...

    I may not be using the correct terminology, but my point is this: If any of the latter three gospel authors had read or heard "Mark's" Empty Tomb story then the inclusion of this story within their...
  3. My definition of "independent" testimony: ...

    My definition of "independent" testimony:

    the testimony of an alleged eyewitness who has never read or heard the testimony of another alleged eyewitness.
  4. No. It is not flawed. If the story of...

    No. It is not flawed.

    If the story of Caesar was filled with supernatural claims about Caesar being god and that if one believes that Caesar is God, one will attain immortality (the author is...
  5. Do you believe that the author of John had ever...

    Do you believe that the author of John had ever read or heard the Gospel of Mark (written several decades earlier) prior to writing his own gospel?
  6. Do you believe that the author of John had ever...

    Do you believe that the author of John had ever read or heard the Gospel of Mark prior to writing his own gospel?
  7. My methodology is that of Ehrman and Crossan. ...

    My methodology is that of Ehrman and Crossan. And once again, I accept scholarly consensus on all issues. I even accept most cases of majority scholarly opinion. The one claim for which I do not...
  8. Once again, you have resorted to name calling and...

    Once again, you have resorted to name calling and personal insults. Please leave this thread.
  9. You are never wrong, are you?

    You are never wrong, are you?
  10. You were wrong. Admit it.

    You were wrong. Admit it.
  11. Four sources, yes. But we know that two of...

    Four sources, yes.

    But we know that two of them blatantly and extensively plagiarized the first. The fourth book was written many decades after the first, therefore it is very probable that the...
  12. I bet I would. I want the exact same proof that...

    I bet I would. I want the exact same proof that the Eleven demanded to believe: Confirmation by three senses: Sight, hearing, touch.

    No more, no less.
  13. " So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns...

    " So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” 6 When the chief priests and the police saw him, they shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify...
  14. Possible, yes, but believable, no. The easiest...

    Possible, yes, but believable, no.

    The easiest thing to do was put the body in a dirt trench/grave. The earlier gospels know nothing about Joseph being a secret disciple. This detail was added...
  15. I don't think YOU know what you are talking...

    I don't think YOU know what you are talking about. The idea that Pilate was afraid of the Jews is completely out of character of what we know about him from other historical sources, such as Philo.
  16. So two guys, on their own, not part of the...

    So two guys, on their own, not part of the Sanhedrin, ask for the body, and the Sanhedrin, who had "dibbs" on the body, doesn't care that Pilate gives it to them.

    Don't buy it.

    And neither...
  17. So you are admitting that your previous statement...

    So you are admitting that your previous statement was wrong.

    The Sanhedrin DID care about what happened to the body.
  18. It was the Roman custom to leave the bodies up...

    It was the Roman custom to leave the bodies up for days but eventually they would bury what was left. The question is, is the Gospel story true that the Romans cooperated with the Jews to get the...
  19. Ok. So Joseph acted on his own. What happened...

    Ok. So Joseph acted on his own.

    What happened to the Christian claim that if the Sanhedrin brought the charges, then the body was the Sanhedrin's? How did some guy named Joe of A. get it?
  20. "the Jews wanted the issue to go away - be done -...

    "the Jews wanted the issue to go away - be done - they didn't want to draw any more attention than they had to."

    If this is true, then why go to Pilate to ask for guards to be stationed around the...
  21. Who on this thread has claimed that Jesus was not...

    Who on this thread has claimed that Jesus was not buried?

    The issue at hand is why the Sanhedrin would bury Jesus in a rich man's tomb instead of the customary dirt trench/grave.
  22. You seem to suggest that Joseph of Arimathea...

    You seem to suggest that Joseph of Arimathea (hereafter referred to as "Joseph") acted on his own. Here is the problem with that: The Sanhedrin had just condemned Jesus to death for blasphemy. Why...
  23. scholar: a specialist in a particular branch of...

    scholar: a specialist in a particular branch of study.

    She is a specialist in archeology, therefore she meets the definition.
  24. So you don't think that the Sanhedrin would have...

    So you don't think that the Sanhedrin would have been offended by Joseph taking the body and burying it in a rock tomb?
  25. Don't get your undergarments in a bunch. It is...

    Don't get your undergarments in a bunch. It is the term used by scholars, ie, Magness.
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