I have another guest post over on Bart Ehrman’s blog. I encourage my readers to head over there and check it out:
Is the Book of Revelation a Revised Version of a non-Christian Apocalypse?
This post is a bit special in that it not only responds to the question in the title, but also offers you a hypothetical reconstruction of a pre-Jesus or pre-Christian text that you can download, read, and print out, available free as a PDF file at: https://jamestabor.com/academic-papers/
I have found there is something about actually printing out such a text that allows one to get a different “feel” for the hypothetical reconstruction. The same is true in the case of the Q document–used by Matthew and Luke. Check out my university web site where you can print out or save a version of that here: “The Q Source Based on Luke.” And feel free to browse. There are many of the class materials I use in my courses on Hellenistic Religions, Jesus, Paul, early Christianity, Dead Sea Scrolls, et al.
Even though Bart’s popular blog requires a modest registration fee–which goes 100% to “feed the poor,” I believe you can view the post without becoming a member. But to read the comments, or comment yourself, or rate any of the posts, you need to be a member. It is quite a bargain and also gives you access to thousands of previous posts and other materials. Check it out. And please comment if you are a member or end up joining.
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