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The question is asked , "...how did a religion that began as verbal traditions in Hebrew or Aramaic change into one whose surviving Scripture is written almost entirely in Greek?"
Aside from neglecting scholarship that finds Semitic roots behind NT texts (though no doubt the Flavians did convenient research to ensure this?), it ignores the point that expressing its texts in the lingua franca of the day (Koine Greek) is exactly what we would expect from a missionary faith.
It is a better question why Titus published in Greek material that was intended to target people who mainly spoke Aramaic and Hebrew.
Originally posted by Astyanax
reply to post by adjensen
Look, I've asked you directly to show passages in the Hebrew Bible that support reincarnation as a tenet of the Jewish faith. I'm tired of your games of ignoring those requests, and deflecting with completely irrelevant questions.
I hate to get between the bodies in a lovers' quarrel, but does something have to be in the Old Testament for Hebrews to have believed in it?
We know that there were different sects within Judaism, just as there are in any religion: the Zealots and the Essenes are familiar to most Christians from Sunday School.
Surely it is possible that one or more of these sects held to a belief in reincarnation? They might have got it from the Egyptians, or the Greeks, or the Persians, or even come up with it themselves. It's not such a bizarre idea, after all; it appears in many cultures.
Believing in reincarnation would not make them cease to be Jews, after all.
What did Jesus mean in this cryptic statement about Heaven being under attack?
. . . scholarship that finds Semitic roots behind NT texts . . .
Are you aware of any surviving examples of letters, or other written documents (not of a religious nature, like rabbinical commentaries and copies of OT scripture) in Hebrew in the time of Jesus?
Here is a good explanation I found. Apparently when the Greek text is translated into Hebrew it clears up quite a bit:
So, yes, while I can accept that there may have been some small number of Jews who saw things differently (as the Sadducees did,) I can't believe that the result would be a Christianity with reincarnation as a core concept, and references to it buried throughout the Hebrew Bible.
Originally posted by Flavian
reply to post by windword
Good question. S & F from me for getting me thinking this early on!
For some outside the box thinking, how about the use of "heaven" as allegory (popular at the time). As in heaven being Earth (as in human society). Put in that context, Jesus is right and heaven is under attack every single day......