Sergius Paulus (Acts of the Apostles) = Titus Flavius Clemens (Mark’s world)?

Summary Acts 13:7 mentions “the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear the word of God” (NRSV here and hereafter). In other words, an elite Gentile, the highest civilian official of Cyprus, is interested in (proto-)Christianity. The …

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Flavia and Clemens: Victims of the “living like Jews” prosecutions?

Is it likely that Domitian’s niece, Flavia Domitilla; her husband, Titus Flavius Clemens; and their sons were executed/wiped out in 95 CE because Flavia and Clemens were “Judaizing” (participating in Judean religion)? 1 And the same year Domitian slew, along with many others, Flavius Clemens …

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Why is a sayings collection called the Gospel of Thomas?

What was a sayings collection called the Gospel of Thomas? The (Greek) name “Thomas” designated the author of a sayings collection used by Judean/proto-Christian congregations in the first and second centuries CE. I have an explanation that I have never seen elsewhere. “Thomas” means “twin.” Was …

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Seleucid time-keeping was a necessary condition for apocalyptic thinking and writing

Prior to 311 BC, time was marked by local events or consulships or years since the start of a monarchy. Beginning in 311 BCE, the Seleucids began counting history going forward as “n+1,” forever and ever. Paul J. Kosmin proposes that this innovation in time-keeping …

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