What does “Herodians” mean in the Gospel of Mark?

Executive summary: It is reasonable to conclude that during the play, there were no Herodians onstage. There is no reason to think that in real life, followers of Herod were visually distinctive. In addition, according to the text of GMark, the Herodians did not contribute …

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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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I Corinthians/I Clement not evidence for a church at Corinth

Satyricon Chapter the Fiftieth [scene: Trimalchio’s dinner: The cook has just theatrically gutted a stuffed hog.] The whole household burst into unanimous applause at this; “Hurrah for Gaius,” they shouted. As for the cook, he was given a drink and a silver crown and a …

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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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