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History is good to know.


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comment What is the earliest reliably dated event exact to the year?
Note to self, date my journal from how long since the last eclipse.
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comment Is every major culture in the same year?
"how did the Europeans come to have such a strong influence over the entire planet, even over countries such as China?" Would you like a volume of books? because that's how long a decent answer would have to be. Essentially, it all boils down to European colonization from 1500 to 1800. Mostly English colonization, but the French, Spanish, and Portuguese had the same kind of influence over the world, just to a lesser extent.
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comment Can the new testament be a valid historical record on the real life of Jesus?
I still do not think Ehrman is a good introduction as Jon's link above shows. He really does become quite partial on some things. I liken him to the Oprah or Dr. Oz of Hermeneutics. He got famous and now it's sticking.
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comment Can the new testament be a valid historical record on the real life of Jesus?
@JonEricson See my meta about this. I may be wrong but it seems they are shying away from anything having religious implications.
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comment Was there a text as revolutionary regarding humanitarism as the New Testament in a pre-Christian era?
First link is a Dead link.
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comment Was Napoleon as short as “common knowledge” states?
You should at least admit that it is more fun pretending he was smaller than 5'7".
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awarded  Commentator
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comment Can the new testament be a valid historical record on the real life of Jesus?
I don't think anyone argues that the story in the Iliad is true or even based on reality. But historians do use it to get a picture of how ancient Greeks thought and behaved at that time (at least in literature).
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comment Can the new testament be a valid historical record on the real life of Jesus?
@T.E.D. No the test does not test for fact. It tests for the possibility that legend or scribal error could have changed the text we have now from the original text that was written. The test works on any written text, whether claiming to be factual or not. You could run in on Harry Potter if you want. It would yield that the author is still living, we have the original work, and there is 99.9% accuracy in millions of copies all within 10 years of the original. Pretty safe to say the text has not been changed by legend or scribal error.
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comment Can the new testament be a valid historical record on the real life of Jesus?
@T.E.D With this in mind, imo, nearly all of ancient history is suspect of perversion by way of legend and scribal error because there is very little corroboration through manuscripts as close the the events as the NT. Only the NT actually passes the bibliographical test, imo.
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comment Can the new testament be a valid historical record on the real life of Jesus?
@TED I realize the Iliad is not much of an historical work. But it is the second rated manuscript on that test. The only one better (anywhere) is the NT. Almost everything else is in the 5 to 50 manuscripts range like Tacitus. The Test by itself proves nothing. It is only meant to show unlikelihood of perversion by way of legend, and scribal error. Other methods of perversion are possible but these are lightly addressed in the answer because they really do not threaten the historicity of the NT because of the accuracy and date of authorship relative to the events.
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comment Can the new testament be a valid historical record on the real life of Jesus?
Your answer and mine combined make a very, very good answer, albeit long yet still not exhaustive. +1
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answered Can the new testament be a valid historical record on the real life of Jesus?
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awarded  Critic
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comment What did Rothschild actually mean by this famous quote?
Ok. But the quote you made from Rothschild? Are you saying that he actually didn't say that? If he did where is that from?