The Bethsaida section, Part I: The blind man of Bethsaida scene

Summary This post extrapolates from the discussion of the blind man of Bethsaida scene in my book, The Two Gospels of Mark: Performance and Text. Here, I review elements of the scene (Mk 8:22-26). I imagine how the scene was staged. I conclude that the …

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The origin of Saint Veronica: Berenice, Judean princess

Summary In this post I speculate that the origin of the early Christian saint Veronica was the real-life Berenice, Judean princess and mistress/fiancée to Titus Flavius Vespasianus. I suggest that in the 80s CE, after Titus’s death, Berenice became a member of the Roman congregation …

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Clement of Alexandria and Titus Flavius Clemens

The fact that Clement of Alexandria adopted the name “Titus Flavius Clemens” implies approval of the original Clemens. So it’s no surprise that Clement allows good Christians to be wealthy. Clement cites the Gospel of Mark as primary among the synoptics. These two details are …

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

The archaeology and early history of the Basilica of Saint Clement in Rome are consistent with my book, The Two Gospels of Mark: Performance and Text. The archaeology links Pope Clement I to a church that began as a first-century private house. (I proposed that …

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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?

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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