Date: Tue, 20 Jan 1998 13:06:38 -0500 From: email@example.com To: "Mahlon H. Smith"Click here to go one level up in the directory.
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Numerology in Mark Hello again, Mahlon, Richard already mentioned Heitmueller and his analysis of the Hellenistic Christianity in Antioch, and in Syria more generally. Wilhelm Heitmueller, HELLENISTIC CHRISTIANITY BEFORE PAUL, in THE WRITINGS OF PAUL, W. A. Meeks, ed, Norton, 1972. This article of his first came out in German in 1912. I suppose he was the first to propose all these theories. In any case, Loisy is certainly basing his own analyses on this material. I don't know what is it about the scholars of that time, but they did seem to figure out all these things quite well. I suppose they are not quite as widely known nowadays... Progress in NT scholarship doesn't always seem to move in the linear and predictable mode. Here're some quotes from the article. This answers some of your questions. "Hellenists first consciously undertook a mission among Gentiles, probably initially among proselytes (Acts 8 and 11). Presumably a serious missionary endeavour beyond Judea began first in consequence of the Stephen uproar. Probably one may further assume that the persecution affected only the Hellenistic believers who deprecated the temple cult or the law, who then, having been driven out of Jerusalem, extended their mission also to the non-Jews. This mission movement borne by diaspora Jewish Christians will have spread as far as Damascus; by that means Paul became acquainted with Christianity, persecuted it, and received the unconscious impetus to his conversion." (p. 313) "The picture that apparently emerges from the Pauline letters, as if the missionary Paul had carried on his work free-lance, entirely by his own power, is very likely false. The book of Acts at this point provides a good and necessary corrective." (p. 313) "... some indirect and weak sources can be pointed out: ... first, the book of Acts, in the recognized good Hellenistic sources, chaps. 6, 7, 8, and 11. Here we obtain a few important hints about the Hellenistic diaspora Jewish Christianity that formed the bridge to the Gentile mission." (p. 314) Best regards, Yuri.