Dr. Robert M. Price answers questions submitted to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jan. 7, 2018
Evangelicals and fundamentalists interpret the veil of the temple being torn in half as a symbolic transition from God dwelling in the physical temple built by humans to God dwelling within believers' hearts in spirit. Special note was made in regard to the veil being torn from top to bottom, a feat that only God could accomplish, as a human would need to tear it from the bottom to the top. Is this the original meaning of this portion of the crucifixion narrative, or is this a later theological interpretation added on to the passage?
What exactly led to and/or caused Jewish Christians to begin proselytizing (preaching the gospel to) Gentiles? How much of a role might the destruction of the Jerusalem temple in AD 70 have played in this development?
Youâ??ve discussed how the idea of penance evolved when it was realized that Jesus ain't coming back anytime soon. Prior to this, per the book of Hebrews and then the Shepherd of Hermas, Christians were expected not to sin at all, because Jesus' arrival was just around the corner. How does 1 John 1:8-9 fit into this development?
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Dec. 19, 2017
Do you agree that the experience of encountering the transcendent/sacred/numinous/ineffable, or of trying to induce that encounter, is the original or ultimate goal of the religious impulse?
If something like this idea is true, do you think it is legitimate to talk about the "true" meaning of religious language in these terms, even if religious people (ancient or modern) would not necessarily recognise or even understand such an interpretation?
Do you think there is a value in retaining the religious language to approach these ideas, a value that cannot necessarily be had through using the language of science, philosophy, or art?
How do you personally interpret the subject matter of the world's religions and mythologies, such that they don't simply appear as records of mankind's ignorance and superstition throughout the ages?
Dec. 16, 2017
How much of what we think of as Christmas is biblical and how much of it is some kind of syncretism?
Someone claimed that the Talmud is a 4th faith/is not a Jewish text. What could this mean?
Does Numbers 5:11â??31 describe an abortion?Â
Whence the notion of Peter as the bouncer at the Pearly Gates?
Does Mark 4:11-12 contradict Mark 4:22?
Does the Jerome Bible Commentary really say that Romans 9-11 is an interpolation?
Why do scholars think 1st Clement (1:1) refers to persecutions under Domitian? And why does the author refer to the Corinthian church as "ancient?" (in 47:6) Wasn't the Corinthian church relatively recent when this was written? Is it possible that the generally accepted dating (AD 80 and AD 140) could be incorrect?
Might Simon Magus might have been the actual historical Jesus? Do you see a link between Simon Magus/Paul and 'The Egyptian' mentioned in Josephus and confused with Paul in the Book of Acts?Â
Assuming that a Pauline mythic-Jesus worship was spread over Asia minor/Greece first, what is the most likely geographical origin for historical Jesus tale?
Do you think the author of Colossians wants us to think that he is writing from Heaven, that he is not Paul the itinerant preacher, but, dead and walking with Christ on some other planet/heavenly place?
Nov. 27, 2017
Do we have any concrete sources or proof that Romans chapters 9-11 were not original?
What is the point of Matthew 22:1-14, the Wedding Banquet?
Isnâ??t â??Itâ??s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brownâ?? filled with biblical allusions to end-times and second coming prophecy and the Delay of the Parousia?
In the Tower of Babel story God seems to lamenting the fact that humanity decided to work together and build something worth noticing! Yahweh's petty, Zeus-like nature is on full display, knocking down any attempt at advanced human civilization. What possibly could have been the intended moral of this story?
When in Rev 12:4 the Dragon cast a third of the stars of the heavens down to Earth, isnâ??t this best understood as the Dragon defeating those stars / angels and casting them to Earth as defeated enemies?
Might Jesusâ?? healing of the blind man with spit (Mark 8:22-26) have a more mystical meaning than generally acknowledged? Perhaps theÂ â??men as trees, walkingâ?? might have been a spiritual vision of the blind man prior to his regaining physical eyesight?
As for how long the Man and the Woman were in the Garden, you suggested that it might not have been very long. But maybe they did eat of the Tree of Life, which enabled them to live for hundreds of years afterward, outside the Garden. Maybe God had created other humans elsewhere, and that post Eden interbreeding with them eventually caused the immortality of Adam & Eveâ??s descendants to peter out?
Nov. 15, 2017
Doesn't it strike you as a bit strange that the person of the Trinity involved in the conception of the human Jesus is not the Father, but the Holy Spirit?
Mark 1:14 says "After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God." Does the lack of any context or detail about John being put into prison mean that he assumed readers knew about John's fate without being told? And does the author intend to say that the reason Jesus began preaching was the event of John's imprisonment?
What do you know of the Khabouris Manuscript, said to be a copy of the oldest known (2nd Century) Eastern Canon of the New Testament in the original native language of the Scriptures, Aramaic?
Why you think Mormons are Christian?
Navigating a marriage between an atheist and a KJV-only fundamentalist.
Is Acts 2:42-4 supposed to be a pattern typical of similar religious beginnings? Into what stage of the myth-making process does this fall?
What is Satans role in the temptations in Matthew and Luke?
Finding the Bible more interesting once one abandons belief in its divine inspiration.
Is it dishonest to take Mormon missionaries time to discuss the Book of Mormon with no intention to convert, when that is their goal in spending the time with you?
What do you think about the parallels between Lot and Noah?
How does mythicism deal with Catholic claims that the Church and certain beliefs existed before the Bible was written?
Nov. 7, 2017
You said that some of the early patristic writers believed that John the Baptist was a heretic and even the spiritual mentor of Simon Magus and Dositheus. Might this version imply the canonical gospels had not yet been written?
Why do you think Matt changes Mark to make the fig tree wither away immediately rather than over the course of a day?Â
If Mark is a Paulinist Gospel how can the baptism be adoptionistic which seems to be a doctrine popular among Jewish Christians like the Ebionites?Â I wondered if the baptism might not better be seen as the point where the man Jesus is possessed w/ the spirit (the Christ) which some Gnostics believed, what Bart Ehrman calls separationism.Â What say ye?
What does the Geek think is going on with Jacob and Laban's flock in Genesis 30?
Why would the gospel writers in the second century have to embellish the Jerusalem siege and/or the Bar Kochba revolt and not have Jesus describe in detail what will happen just like how Josephus described it since the evidence is strong that the gospel writers have Josephus in front of them while writing the four gospels. Also, why would the writer of Luke dismiss the death of James?
Is there any real proof for Burton Mackâ??s hypotheses re Q?
Oct. 29, 2017
My question comes from the book of Numbers, chapter 5:11-31. The Test for Adultery. What is going on here? Also, what is this â??spirit of jealousyâ?? that comes upon the man?
Why does Catholicism making itself over into Protestantism?
Doesnâ??t 2 Samuel 7:5-6 imply that there was a Yahweh temple before the Exodus?
How might we account for traditions of Jesus that clearly do not fit with the Christian agenda, i.e., those that would not have been made up by Christian storytellers, and are so quite likely historically accurate accounts?
Oct. 25, 2017
Does the first sentence of the Naassene Fragment refer to the creation story in Genesis?
You've mentioned that Matthew tends to double the characters and events of Mark. Could this same thing be going on in Matthew's genealogy, where it says there were fourteen generations between Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the Babylonian exile, and fourteen from the exile to Christ, double the lucky number seven so often mentioned in earlier books?
Can you elaborate as to why you think biblical studies as we see it today is or is not functioning correctly and should really be taken up outside of seminaries?
Robert Eisenman identifies Paul as a Herodian. He also suggests Simon Magus and Paul may be indistinguishable . How does your theory work with Eisenmans? Â
Would Markâ??s readers have recognized the illegalities of the Sanhedrin trial??
Why does the high priest tear his clothing when he is expressly forbidden from doing so in Leviticus 21?
When the slave of the high priest loses an ear, does this disqualify him from temple service?
Why was it necessary to have Judas as a betrayer of Jesus for a bounty?
Do you think Mark 16:8, " they will pick up snakes with their hands", is a reflection of Paul being bit by a viper in Acts?
In Matthew 27: 52-53, he doesn't tell us is what happened next.Â He just leaves it to the reader to draw his own conclusion.Â Why?
Why was it necessary to have Christ ascend to Heaven in the crucifixion story? Why not stick around (more than 40 days)? Wouldn't it be easier to convert Jews to Christianity with Jesus as Exhibit 1?
As Paul only knew the "gospel" from "scripture and revelation" wouldn'tÂ it follow then that the Jesus revealed to him was the magisterial Christ, and that he being so would not bother to Â relate to him (Paul) matters of his earthly existence? If you could clarify what exactly Paul meant by the gospel?
If only Q had survived and the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John had not survived how much would we know about the context, events and locations of the life of Jesus?
Oct. 15, 2017
Besides Jesus historicism and Mythicism, is there a "third way", whereby the Jesus of the gospels is a composite of stories originally told of several historic figures?Â
Several ancient sources remember Jesus as a teller of parables. Doesnâ??t this imply there was such a teacher?
I would like your thoughts on creatio ex nihilo and the opening verses of Genesis.
Is there any New Testament passage that references the Masoretic texts
instead of the Septuagint?
Why does history seem to belie Deuteronomyâ??s promises for Godâ??s protection and forgiveness for the Jewish nation?
Burton Mack tells us ancient students commonly had to try to write what a well known philosopher might say on this or that topic. Does this contradict Bart Ehrmanâ??s claim that the ancients frowned on pseudepigraphy?
Does Mark 4:11-12 contradict Mark 4:21-23?
Does an early date for the Didache depend on an early date for the canonical New Testament? How much of the New Testament does it predate--if any?
Oct. 4, 2017
The Korean terms for God and Jesus.
Why are Korean Christians so inclined to Western Protestant theology, specifically Calvinism?
â??How were animal sacrifices and shamans excised from the Judeo-Christain tradition? Why was Western Christianity more successful than Eastern in suppressing polygyny?Â
Please recommend some sources on â??deconversion,â?? the process of â??converting" out of a religion and into non-belief.Â
Can you suggest resources on the evolution of Sophia into Christ?
Suggestions on textual criticism.
I would be greatly interested in knowing what your reasons may be for thinking all of the gospels were likely written in the 2nd rather than the 1st century.
Suppose Gideon had a large army but divided them into groups of 300 which engaged and defeated the Midianites in various places, so that the credit for defeating â??the Midianitesâ?? (as a whole) was given to this or that 300 depending on where the tale was told?
Reasons for thinking the Vedic Soma drink was not the juice of the Amanita Muscaria mushroom.