I thought that normally the Black Madonna is associated with ... the Madonnas, i.e. the Virgin Mary via Isis.Mary Magdalene was from Ethiopia and had black skin, hence the later "Black Madonnas".
I dub thee Theophiluseeker.So, if you are a lover of the study of "religion" you are a "Theophilus", and I just may change my "nom de plume" to that, I think that it gives me more class!
I have started to, and I suppose this is nitpicking, but right off the bat, unless he has corrected it in revised editions, on page 4 of his Introduction he describes Vitellius as "the last of the Julio-Claudian emperors". Nero was the last of the Julio-Claudian emperors, who committed suicide in 68 AD, while Vitellius was one of the "Four Emperors" the next year who usurped the throne, is this not elementary ancient Roman history? Also, on page 5, he states that Julius Alexander Lysimarchus (has he conflated two brothers?) was the ruler of the Alexandrian Jews because he held the title of "abalarch"(alabarch?), which is actually the title of a Roman appointed Egyptian customs magistrate, although I agree that because of his status and wealth Alexander would have had great influence over the Jews there, if that is what Mr. Atwill means. I believe that, overall, I agree with the "big picture" that Mr. Atwill is painting. and only mention these little mistakes, that I have found so far, because I believe that it hurts his cause when critics pounce upon them. It seems to be because of an obvious lack of proofreading, not lack of insight, because I am finding his book easy to read and comprehend, and I believe that he projects his ideas well to the public with his writing style.have you read Atwill's Caesar's Messiah
You mean the text mentioned "Theophiluseeker"? Or "Seeker"? Have you looked at the paper?HaHa, as I was just writing the previous post, "Academia" sent me an email announcing that I have been cited in a History of Religion paper uploaded to them, so they must know that you dubbed me "Theophiluseeker"!
So if I understand this correctly, John the Baptist may have been the same as King Aretas, whom Josephus states was originally named "Aeneas" (the name of the Trojan who came to Italy), and whose alleged mausoleum in Petra, Al-Khazneh, has the entrance flanked by statues of Castor and Pollux.It ultimately revolves around the treatment of Aretas' daughter in marriage to the Herodian brothers, the complaint that JtB had which got his head lopped off, according to the Bible