Matthew created Mt 8:5-13, which characterizes the centurion as a man of faith, in order to retain him at the crucifixion

A centurion appears once in GMark: “Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” (Mk 15:39 NRSV) In GMatthew, there is a new scene that stars the centurion …

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The history of the Basilica of Saint Clement in Rome is consistent with my scenario

The Wikipedia article San Clemente al Laterano about the church in Rome that is dedicated to Pope Clement I is consistent with the scenario I present in my book for the family of Mark’s patron. Here is are two extracts from the article: The Basilica …

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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?

I make reference here to the Wikipedia article on the Fiscus Judaicus, or similar background. The question here is: 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 …

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In the Gospel of Mark, why does Jesus appear in Galilee, and not in some other place?

The most obvious reason is: the Sea of Galilee is in Galilee. That allows Mark to have characters who are fishermen, and to stage scenes that involve boats. Second, Galilee is near enough to Jerusalem that Jesus and his entourage can plausibly, in the world …

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Why is “Thomas” used in the name of a sayings collection (the Gospel of Thomas)?

“Thomas” means “twin.” The name was used to designate the author of a sayings collection used by Judean/proto-Christian congregations. The meaning that first comes to mind is “identical twin.” But that meaning does not add any value: why attribute sayings to an identical twin? I suggest …

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