RE: [asa] The tomb of Jesus?

From: Alexanian, Moorad <>
Date: Thu Mar 01 2007 - 09:59:43 EST

This issue of salvation through knowledge can become rather ticklish.
Surely, there is a minimal amount of knowledge one need to, say, accept
Jesus the Christ as Lord and Savior. However, in so doing one is set up
on the road that more knowledge of Jesus will lead to all possible
knowledge--- ".....true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ
Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."
Colossians 2:2-3. Therefore, in the order of things, one accepts Jesus
as the Christ first and subsequently is in the proper state to acquire
much more knowledge than it would be possible otherwise.




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Behalf Of George Murphy
Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2007 9:24 AM
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Subject: Re: [asa] The tomb of Jesus?


I agree with a great deal of what David said but just want to utter a
caution about the 1 bit below that I snipped, & especially the
"existential" part. There are some similarities between classical
gnosticism & existential theology a la Bultmann, especially in the
latter's downplaying of the religious significance of the physical
world. But let's remember that the key aspect of gnosticism which gives
it its name is its emphasis on salvation through gnosis, knowledge.
This contrasts strongly with the emphasis on faith as personal
commitment in Bultmann.



        ----- Original Message -----

        From: David Opderbeck <>



        Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2007 9:11 AM

        Subject: Re: [asa] The tomb of Jesus?


        David, I want to ask you about this, because I don't understand
how Ehrman can believe this.


        IMHO, gnosticism resonates with a sort of mystical, existential
approach to life that comports with a hyper-postmodern outlook.


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