What is more, the Songs from the Dead Sea resemble platonic visions to an astonishing degree so that it was easy to transform them in to another context. Philo explicitly made use of the priestly cultic tradition. In Spec.Leg. 1.66ff and…"
You continue to miss the point. I do not disagree with you that the Old Testament is very relevant to the New Testament. But, you do not seem to understand that astrology was also fundamental in Judaism. One of the points I made was that the…"
""The gospel of Mark was not written for you as a 21st century American"
Exactly, which is my whole point of putting it in the context of the time it was written, shortly after the destruction of Jerusalem.
"It was most likely…"
"Here is another example:
"Jesus offered the Samaritan woman water from his father’s cup, Apollo’s Krater. She was represented by the same constellation as Eshmun/Asclepius’ mother, Coronis, the Raven/Crow, next to…"
The gospel of Mark was not written for you as a 21st century American. It was most likely written for a late 1st century CE pagan audience. The author was a religious nut writing for a sect that followed magicians, who were by definition very…"
"Damn this thing, it cut my post in half and I lost the rest of it.
I forgot the rest of what I wrote, but I'll just make this point again:
"The gospel of Mark is 100% star story, with Jesus as a fetus in a cosmic womb and as a new born…"
"You do much the same thing as Acharya S, you throw out tons of miscellaneous bits of information, which don't tie together and aren't relevant. We know this, we know that pretty much any name you can find from 2,000 years ago can be tied…"
"BTW: I should clarify that my previous comment was in response to RG Price's claims, not Robert Price (the theologian associated with "The God Who Wasn't There" movie.) I have no idea who RG Price is, other than he thinks it is…"
"The following article summary encapsulates the central fallacy in Price's work. He is basically right that Jesus was a "Jewish" myth; but, wrong in thinking that Judaism and Christianity were unique and completely different from…"
"Doone - "The Golden Ass" is a fun book and it really provides a lot of insight about what was happening in religion, contemporary with Early Christianity. "Satyricon" on the other hand will make you want to puke. I am no prude on…"
Diana graduated magna cum laude with a BS in history. She began her studies of West Asia as a conservative Christian kid in Alaska. After living in Israel; then, traveling and studying ancient history for the last 25+ years, she ended up a liberal atheist. But, unlike many other atheist critics of religion, Diana knows and loves the ancient cultures which invented the Abrahamic faiths. No theist can accuse her of reading the Bible like a fundamentalist. She has an in depth knowledge of the political and economic environment which shaped the minds of the Biblical authors. Her primary fascination is with the cultures of the Bronze Age and Iron Age Levant. But, she is a generalist with historical interests ranging from Sumer, to Anatolia, to Egypt, to Greece, and Rome. Her methodology is based on meme theory, following changes in cultures as fashions, avoiding racial descriptions. This method provides a powerful new understanding of ancient peoples, describing their evolution in dynamic terms, rather than as static ethnicities. Understanding ancient cultures in dynamic terms provides a very different view of the development of ancient religions than derived from Bible-based histories
hi Diana, i removed your "cuckold carpenter" blog post as it was a teaser post and is therefore against TA's guidelines. i appreciate that you posted the link to the blog because it would have been too much trouble to change the formatting but that's not justification for failing to conform to the guidelines. your welcome to post a new piece that includes the full article or, at least, a summary, while including a link to the full piece offsite.
Please don't hold back from sharing further reviews of your book! It's exciting to watch a book about the contentious origins of many Christian rituals be lauded rather than condemned. And as an aspiring author myself, I can only imagine how exciting those reviews must be! Keep us posted. :)
Hi, Diana. Your blogs have really been spurring some wonderful conversations; it's great having an author as a member who provides intelligent, articulate content. Although I just approved the post on your latest book review, the other moderators and I would ask that you post any further reviews as a comment on that post in lieu of a new post. It's easier for people to follow a discussion concerning your book if it is in one or two threads.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the other moderators. We really do appreciate all of your contributions. And please do keep us updated on further reviews; it's wonderful to hear that you are getting such a great reception! :)