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Apr
13
comment Is Benedict XVI the first pope emeritus?
@Martin It would have been a duplicate: What Popes have resigned in the past?
Apr
5
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Apr
3
comment How long did it take to rewrite the Bible during the early propagation of the Christian faith?
@TylerDurden I find it neither incorrect nor correct. That's the problem. It's a pretty scientific kind of thing to claim. Number of characters (from which manuscript) and writing speed (whose, and according to who, and under what circumstances). You need to source that kind of thing, explain how you personally calculated it, or at least admit that you just made them up on a guess.
Apr
3
comment How long did it take to rewrite the Bible during the early propagation of the Christian faith?
@jamesqf Based on what exactly? My problems with the numbers is that they appear completely made up, which means they stand only on Tyler's authority. As far as I can tell, he's no more an expert than the next guy, so I'd expect at least some sourcing. I may provide an answer myself, time permitting, but my knowledge of this is at that level where I can identify good or bad answers, but probably not provide a good one myself without significant work.
Apr
3
comment How long did it take to rewrite the Bible during the early propagation of the Christian faith?
Still no sources or anything. Also neglects the much larger industry that copied the Latin scrolls. I'm sorry, but this answer is just not very good. Many things are lacking.
Apr
3
comment How long did it take to rewrite the Bible during the early propagation of the Christian faith?
I assumed you were simply getting these numbers from an English translation, because that would be easy to do, and you don't mention what language you are talking about. Greek was the dominant language for Bible copies until about the 5th or 6th century, the Latin dominated by far, producing about 8 times the manuscripts as those in Greek. Your last paragraph is the source for this criticism. What language is this concerning? What translation? Whose count of the the characters? Does this include margin note (which do exist in many manuscripts)? and so on.
Apr
3
comment How long did it take to rewrite the Bible during the early propagation of the Christian faith?
@TylerDurden Actually, the OP explicitly asks about paper and other resources: "Considering the style, stylized objects, etc and the resources they had to collect. How long does it take for one man to rewrite it and what resources one needs (paper, leather)?"
Apr
3
comment How long did it take to rewrite the Bible during the early propagation of the Christian faith?
Where are these numbers from? Scribes didn't always write in English. In fact, Bible scribes rarely wrote in English, because by the time they would be inclined to do so, the printing press had been invented. Where did you get the rate of 2 characters per second? You also didn't account for the procurement of paper and ink. You didn't just hop over to Staples and get a pen and notebook. You had to make these things yourself. You, also often had to gather the materials yourself required to make these things. Scribes probably spent as much time preparing to write as they did actually writing.
Apr
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comment How long did it take to rewrite the Bible during the early propagation of the Christian faith?
Interesting. My current understanding is that most scribes made the own paper and ink, so they probably spent just as much time procuring these necessities as they did in actual transcription. I would bet that a good quality copy took about a year. That's why ancient books were rare and expensive.
Feb
14
comment Is there any documented criticism of the brutality of the Colosseum from citizens at the time?
@supercat I'm sure there was some sort of mental justification. It's a rare mother that would actually think and believe that they are solely responsible for killing their child. We see similar reasoning with abortion today; would be mothers convince themselves that a fetus is not actually a child and it unfortunately causes them harm later. Actually, it would be interesting to scour the ancient literature about a mourning would be mother who "left her child to fate" and how it might mirror the mourning of regretted abortions. Now I'm really interested. Maybe I'll be back with more info.
Feb
12
comment Is there any documented criticism of the brutality of the Colosseum from citizens at the time?
Not related to this topic, but your last quote reminded me of something I read here. It stated that Romans would commonly leave an unwanted newborn to perish by the elements, while the Jews of the time abhorred this act (a similar contrast as the games with Herod).
Jan
10
comment Counter-reformation opposing “subservience of Church to State?”
I would think it's mostly directed at the Church of England. Calvin, for example, had a pretty good hold over the State, not the State over Calvin.
Jan
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Dec
9
revised Did Rothschild say this famous quote? If yes, what did he mean by it?
edited title
Oct
29
comment What is the last historical mention of people worshipping the Roman gods?
Not a helpful answer and also factually incorrect.
Oct
2
comment Why did Christianity disappear in North-Western Africa?
I think you are probably right, but a source would greatly add to the quality of this answer.
Sep
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Sep
1
comment What is the history of the anthropological “Negroid, Mongoloid, Caucasoid” distinction of the races?
@MarkC.Wallace I made an edit.
Sep
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revised What is the history of the anthropological “Negroid, Mongoloid, Caucasoid” distinction of the races?
attempt to bring on-topic
Aug
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