Pierre Whalon

So we agree that Yeshua ben Yosef is a historical figure. However, your assumptions seem to prove your conclusions. There is more archaeological evidence, for example, Peter's house in Capernaum, and the discovery of Sepphoris, which change your picture of Jesus. Furthermore there is a lot of textual material you do not account for, the odes of Solomon or the Book of Wisdom. You are correct that there were a number of wonderworkers extant, but that the gospels insist that his miracles are not proof of his divinity.

In other words the picture from a historical perspective is more complex than you assume. Keep going!

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I wanted to meet Chauncey after reading this... with smiles.

I am Pierre, named for my mother's uncle whom she loved, although the birth certificate says "Peter" though they never called me that. Just in case I wanted to renounce my French citizenship...

Middle name is Welté, my mother's maiden name. Good solid Alsatians.

Last name, Whalon, I was told that it is actually Welsh, not Irish. Not sure about that, but the Whalons arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1730s, with a small land grant in Westport. They became farmers and whalers. Some still farm...

And great-to-the-nth grandfather William was a Continental Army soldier. His son married a Mayflower Rogers. So I could join both the Sons of the American Revolution and the Mayflower Society (moi??)

What a mess... but that's what's in a name.

Thank you Richard.

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Well said, as always. I too visit cemeteries whenever I can. It is remarkable to see in supposedly secular France (Laïque) almost every grave loaded with flowers on All Souls Day. Garden tombs indeed, if only for a brief while...

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Pierre Whalon

Pierre Whalon

Bishop in charge, Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, 2001–2019. French-American. Musician, composer, author, happily married. www.pierrewhalon.info