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What do we know about Jesus?

Posted Apr 2, '14 at 4:33pm

Freakenstein

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I don't know how I feel about using the Bible as historically accurate.


I wouldn't take it as fulfilling citation requirements either. Scientists don't use one study's points to support the very same study it's supporting, rather they bring up multiple independent studies before they come to a consensus. In short, this would violate the Circular Reasoning fallacy.

That is quite surprising, were this verified, that King David/Solomon's existence is brought into question. One would think a classical era would keep tabs on the lifestyle of important people, sans spiritual texts. Even the enemies of King Solomon and David would have information on them, albeit not in the same light.
 

Posted Apr 3, '14 at 8:50am

Asherlee

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There weren't many historical texts back then that survived. Some bits of the bible, such as 1 Kings 6-7, are far more meticulously (and realistically) detailed than others. This would suggest real events. Sure, somebody could fabricate measurements, but it would've been just as easy to leave it blandly as "he made a grand palace" or something.


Actually historical records in that area had a prominence a good bit before the time of King David. There were several Arabian historians at that time.

As far as I can tell there is no other mention in any other historical texts about David other than the Bible. If he did exist it wasn't nearly as grand as the Bible made it out to be. It is probably more like there was a moderately wealthy land owner with a small community on his land or it's just flat out a fable.
 

Posted Apr 3, '14 at 8:52am

Asherlee

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I wouldn't take it as fulfilling citation requirements either. Scientists don't use one study's points to support the very same study it's supporting, rather they bring up multiple independent studies before they come to a consensus. In short, this would violate the Circular Reasoning fallacy.


Which is why I've been coming to the conclusion that David probably didn't exist like it is painted in the Bible. (see post above)

That is quite surprising, were this verified, that King David/Solomon's existence is brought into question. One would think a classical era would keep tabs on the lifestyle of important people, sans spiritual texts. Even the enemies of King Solomon and David would have information on them, albeit not in the same light.


Exactly. I did a little more research last night and still came up with nothing but Biblical accounts.
 
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