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    Rita Gomes  August 1, 2018

    I had the pleasure of earning a free membership and it was the best birthday gift I’ve won in 45 years of existence.
    I am discovering a new world, clarifying doubts that began to populate my head from the beginning of my childhood when they “introduced” the Bible.
    I write everything down, research, read the Bible verses mentioned and highlight them, I look for everything that is indicated.
    Very happy indeed. Too bad my free membership ends in January.
    I just have to thank you.

    • Bart
      Bart  August 2, 2018

      OK, be sure to ask again. I’ll be having another membership drive in december

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    fishician  August 1, 2018

    A question kind of related to yesterday’s post about miracles, like resurrection. James Tabor over at UNCC seems to believe that the earliest disciples believed Jesus experienced a spiritual resurrection, not a bodily one, and therefore they were not concerned about Jesus’ body or his tomb; that was irrelevant. Obviously, the belief in the resurrection of Jesus’ physical body became the dominant one. Any comment on what you think the earliest disciples believed on this matter? (I’ll make a donation today; I like the charities you support.)

    • Bart
      Bart  August 2, 2018

      Yeah, I don’t agree with him on that one. The earliest records we have are *all* of a physical resurrection, including Paul. Paul certainly thought he saw the body of Jesus. It had been made immortal so that it was a spiritual body; but it was a *physical* body (made of “pneuma”), not an immaterial one)

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        balivi  August 3, 2018

        Paul always talks about the body of Christ. But he does not think of the body of Jesus. Paul received a revelation, it was not a vision. Paul never talks about Damascus. Never.

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        tompicard  August 4, 2018

        thats confusing

        • Bart
          Bart  August 5, 2018

          Yeah, can be. But “spirit” was understood to be a material substance, not immaterial. maybe I’ll post on this.

          • tompicard
            tompicard  August 5, 2018

            i would appreciate it
            just received D Martin’s book “Corinthian Body”

            you should tell him that your blog is helping him sell books, in case he would reconsider making a guest post


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            balivi  August 6, 2018

            I look forward to it.

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            balivi  August 6, 2018

            By the way, in the early Christianity, (as far as I understood), the debate was not about, what kind (material, or not material) in body Jesus rised up, but as a living, historical person, what possessed body, as Christ. Flesh, or likness of sinfull flesh?
            But I can be wrong, but I do not think so.

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    Steefen  August 1, 2018

    Mark 16 9-20 vs. Acts 1: 3-11:
    Acts: Jesus was here for 40 days, not necessarily so in Mark
    Acts: Disciples ask, Will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel, not asked in Mark
    Acts: Baptism by the Holy Spirit in a few days, a gift from the Father, not mentioned in Mark

    Double checking the gospel, Luke:
    Luke does mention the gift from the Father.

    Luke’s gospel does not have 40 days, Appearance to Ascension
    Luke’s gospel does not have the disciples ask Jesus about restoring the kingdom to Israel.

    = = =

    Jesus, in the Synoptic canonical gospels and in Acts, does not seem to be God, think he’s God., or think he will become God. I was reading in your book where you say in Mark, Jesus becomes God (but in John, Jesus has always been God).


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