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orion Re: Response to Harrison
Mr. or Ms. Harrison or Bradley
seems rather harsh in dismissing poor Philip Davies' description of the
rabbi's historical fictions as being motivated by ethnocentrism. However,
he or she uses only a politically correct form of rhetoric
for a response. Of course, "Christ's" trial was a fiction. Even such
a "Christ," namely Messiah, is a theological, and therefore
fictional, concept; and it is also a matter of course that Paul's Sanhedrin visit --
paralleling Steven's "trial"-- was also fictive. Such critical
assertions -- and Philip agrees with me here -- are not ethnocentric.
Let's not open up a religious war here.
Philip, hardly a Christian except by my catholic standards, must be
allowed to paint even the rabbis with his critical brush.
Christian's, even Catholics fare no better at his hands. His aim is
scholarship, not religious supersessionism. That game must be
surrendered to Islam, not Christianity.
Thomas L. Thompson
University of Copenhagen
> Mishnaic fiction? Even in the DSS this fiction was refered to and even
> duplicated in their own political tradition. Your position is very
> ethnocentric I fear, i.e. if it is written in a traditional Jewish sources
> then it is fiction. I suppose Christ's trial was fiction, and when Paul
> presented himself to the Sanhedrin, this was fiction too.