26 Mar 2014 
#84 Another bomb dropping from Carrier: according to Acts 14, Paul died and resurrected!

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In this lecture, Carrier, in his effort to show "Luke" tried to have Paul imitate and then outdo Jesus, dropped another bomb: in Acts 14, Paul is described to die and rise from the dead (just like, allegedly, Jesus)!

At 37:20, Carrier postulated: "Both die and raised from the dead (Acts 14). You probably did not know that Paul got to die and rise from the dead in Acts ..."
At 38:32, Richard said "Paul wins new followers after his resurrection ..."
 
Once again Carrier got it wrong: let's look at the relevant passage in Acts 14:
19-21 "But Jews came there from Antioch and Ico'nium; and having persuaded the people, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city; and on the next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe. When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Ico'nium and to Antioch,"
The verb 'nomizo' ("suppose", "think") is used here, as it is in the new testament elsewhere (thirteen times, including seven in 'Acts'). "supposing that he was deadis not the same as "because he was dead".
 
Note: Carrier, in the same lecture, maintains "Luke" knew about Josephus' Antiquities. I strongly disagree, as I demonstrated here

Cordially, Bernard

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