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    On the topic of Bethlehem:
    http://uncensored-christmas.sky-walk...d-it/#journeys
    ...In John 7:41-42, people in a crowd say that Jesus isn't the Messiah because he comes from Galilee rather than Bethlehem. Those people also said that Jesus wasn't a descendent of King David. No one is said to correct them, nor does the author of John....
    So different gospels deal with the prophecies of Bethlehem and David differently... in Matthew they begin in Bethlehem and Jesus is related to David through Solomon - in Luke they travel to Bethlehem temporarily and Jesus is related to David through Nathan.

    In John, the crowd says Jesus was NOT from Bethlehem or David... the author of John doesn't say this explicitly about his own opinion but doesn't disagree with their opinions. BTW it happened at a festival and Jesus' brothers also attended the festival (John 7:10).

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    All of this is can be avoided if you just assume Joseph was just going to extreme lengths to avoid paying his taxes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Lion IRC View Post
    *sigh*

    They didn't go to Egypt on the way back to Nazareth.

    There is no false dilemma/trilemma such that bible readers have to decide which trip Joseph and Mary actually made.

    There is nothing in the text which forces us to decide between competing options - Bethlehem, Egypt or Nazareth.

    And every facet of your alleged contradiction depends on;
    a) Argument from silence - filling in the gaps with your own speculation
    b) Argument from incredulity - you personally think it "seems a bit overboard" (Ironically, it's your own misreading of the text which leads to the imaginary scenario that you find hard to believe.)
    c) A general lack of reading comprehension/logic. If a story narrative says Frodo returned to The Shire but earlier in the book it says Frodo returned to Mordor, nobody would call that a contradiction or presume there must have been two characters named Frodo, or speculate that the author must have botched the storyline continuity.
    There is absolutely zero Roman or Jewish records to validate any of it. A couple or family wandering between egypt and Palestine is absurd.
    The travel time isn't problematic - especially since the hard/soft border defining where Egypt officially begins need not have been where it is today.

    And the claim that Roman authorities never took censuses for the purpose of taxation is false.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lion IRC View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Lion IRC View Post
    *sigh*

    They didn't go to Egypt on the way back to Nazareth.

    There is no false dilemma/trilemma such that bible readers have to decide which trip Joseph and Mary actually made.

    There is nothing in the text which forces us to decide between competing options - Bethlehem, Egypt or Nazareth.

    And every facet of your alleged contradiction depends on;
    a) Argument from silence - filling in the gaps with your own speculation
    b) Argument from incredulity - you personally think it "seems a bit overboard" (Ironically, it's your own misreading of the text which leads to the imaginary scenario that you find hard to believe.)
    c) A general lack of reading comprehension/logic. If a story narrative says Frodo returned to The Shire but earlier in the book it says Frodo returned to Mordor, nobody would call that a contradiction or presume there must have been two characters named Frodo, or speculate that the author must have botched the storyline continuity.
    There is absolutely zero Roman or Jewish records to validate any of it. A couple or family wandering between egypt and Palestine is absurd.
    The travel time isn't problematic - especially since the hard/soft border defining where Egypt officially begins need not have been where it is today.

    And the claim that Roman authorities never took censuses for the purpose of taxation is false.
    There are no recods anywhere from Rome. Josphus is cited but he did not have any firsdt hand or even scond hand reports.

    In the times the Jesus from the gospels would have been one of many claiming to be the messiah, some plane bandits. JC in the grand scheme of thin mgs would not have stood out to Roman authorizes. One of rabble in Judea.

    Torture and crucifixion was common. Romans lined a road with crucifixions to make a point to travelers.

    JC did not even get honorable ,ention.

    The nativity story is fabrication. Probably outright invention by the gospel writers to provide a backdrop for the gospels. The narrative starts with mystical travelers show up post birth bearing gifts and a miraculous pregnancy. Not unlike like a phantasy fiction of today. Lord Of The Rings, epic contest between good and evil.

    Imagine traveling from Jerusalem to Cairo today on foot or on donkey without modern conveniences. Heat, navigation, sand, bandits, lack of water and food. All that with a pregnant woman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lion IRC View Post
    ....The travel time isn't problematic - especially since the hard/soft border defining where Egypt officially begins need not have been where it is today....
    http://uncensored-christmas.sky-walk...d-it/#journeys

    Yes it looks like back then, "Egypt" included part of today's Israel.
    (based on https://www.conformingtojesus.com/ch...e_of_jesus.htm )

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    ....The nativity story is fabrication. Probably outright invention by the gospel writers to provide a backdrop for the gospels.
    It seems impossible to me to convince Lion IRC that even one verse of the stories is untrue. Good luck convincing them that most/all of it is untrue.

    ...Not unlike like a phantasy fiction of today. Lord Of The Rings, epic contest between good and evil.
    Though on the other hand no-one I know of believes that the Lord of the Rings really happened.

    https://enduringword.com/bible-commentary/matthew-2/
    “Egypt was a natural place to which to flee. It was nearby, a well-ordered Roman province outside Herod’s jurisdiction; and, according to Philo (writing circa A.D. 40), its population included about a million Jews.” (Carson)
    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    ....Imagine traveling from Jerusalem to Cairo today on foot or on donkey without modern conveniences.
    It is 420 km by plane to get to Cairo (though in Matthew it doesn't say they went to Jerusalem).
    http://www.biblestudy.org/maps/the-j...nd-joseph.html
    "Their journey from Bethlehem to what is Egyptian-controlled territory (which was outside the jurisdiction of Herod) was at least 65 kilometers (40 miles)." (BTW that's closer than from Nazareth to Bethlehem)

    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    Heat, navigation, sand, bandits, lack of water and food. All that with a pregnant woman.
    Mary wasn't pregnant when they went to Egypt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    ....A couple or family wandering between egypt and Palestine is absurd.
    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    ...Imagine traveling from Jerusalem to Cairo today on foot or on donkey without modern conveniences. Heat, navigation, sand, bandits, lack of water and food....
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_into_Egypt
    "Egypt was a logical place to find refuge, as it was outside the dominions of King Herod, but both Egypt and Israel were part of the Roman Empire, linked by a coastal road known as "the way of the sea", making travel between them easy and relatively safe."

    Not so "absurd"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by excreationist View Post
    It seems impossible to me to convince Lion IRC that even one verse of the stories is untrue. Good luck convincing them that most/all of it is untrue.


    Though on the other hand no-one I know of believes that the Lord of the Rings really happened.

    https://enduringword.com/bible-commentary/matthew-2/
    “Egypt was a natural place to which to flee. It was nearby, a well-ordered Roman province outside Herod’s jurisdiction; and, according to Philo (writing circa A.D. 40), its population included about a million Jews.” (Carson)
    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    ....Imagine traveling from Jerusalem to Cairo today on foot or on donkey without modern conveniences.
    It is 420 km by plane to get to Cairo (though in Matthew it doesn't say they went to Jerusalem).
    http://www.biblestudy.org/maps/the-j...nd-joseph.html
    "Their journey from Bethlehem to what is Egyptian-controlled territory (which was outside the jurisdiction of Herod) was at least 65 kilometers (40 miles)." (BTW that's closer than from Nazareth to Bethlehem)

    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    Heat, navigation, sand, bandits, lack of water and food. All that with a pregnant woman.
    Mary wasn't pregnant when they went to Egypt!
    But to the fans it becomes a reality. New Zealanders Complained about tourists wandering around in costume all over the place. An example of how Christianity got started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    ...But to the fans it becomes a reality. New Zealanders Complained about tourists wandering around in costume all over the place. An example of how Christianity got started.
    That sounds like the documentary "Batman and Jesus":

    (View video on YouTube)

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    The Date of the Nativity in Luke

    t is beyond reasonable dispute that Luke dates the birth of Jesus to 6 A.D. It is equally indisputable that Matthew dates the birth of Jesus to 6 B.C. (or some year before 4 B.C.). This becomes an irreconcilable contradiction after an examination of all the relevant facts.

    And the claim that Roman authorities never took censuses for the purpose of taxation is false.
    The criticism is not that Roman authorities never took censuses. The criticism is hinged on, did the one census mentioned by Luke actually occur, and if it did, why would it be conducted in such an absurd fashion?

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