... with the exception of Matthew Josephson's "Greek satirists" conjecture. And to be fair, I'm no doubt highly biased by my own Western background.Yes, I agree that they seem like far more likely candidates than any other identities I've heard put forth
Incidentally, I attended my first service of the Eastern church last night - a Greek Orthodox service, to be more specific. I spoke with the Reader before and after. He was quite confident that it was the West which broke from the East. Looking more into the East-West Schism today, it does seem to me that it is Rome which has been the one to make innovations to the orthodoxy.
The time of the schism, 1054, would have been exactly 1000 years from the time Paul was supposedly evangelizing to the first churches (assuming no phantom time hypothesis). And here we are now coming up on the end of the next millennium...