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  1. Hello Neil,

    I am hoping you might be of some assistance. I am doing some research into the character(s) of Alphaeus as mentioned in the New Testament, and I came upon the following quote of yours:

    “Alphaeus is a designator given to a child thought of as a substitute for one lost. Levi, son of Alphaeus, is called by substituted in the list of Twelve by another son of Alphaeus, James.”

    While I am familiar with the information you kindly provide in the first sentence, I am afraid I am bit confused about the point you are making in the second. You write that “Levi…is called by substituted”. As the name “James” or “Jacob” itself means “supplant” rather than “substitute” (as you yourself make make mention), and in general there would thus seem to be no indication of Levi being called by any one personally referred to as “substitution” (i.e. Alphaeus) — though, of course, both Levi and James are given as sons of Alphaeus….

    At any rate, I have a feeling I’m simply missing something rather fundamental apropos of the whole point of the second sentence! As I have a feeling it may very well be quite profound, any clarification you would good enough of to provide would be terrific….. In fact, any and everything else you have shedding light on the identity of Alphaeus I would as well warmly welcome

    Thanks again,

    Comment by Jordan L. — 2010/05/21 @ 5:20 pm

  2. I noticed your back and forth with McGrath and thought this paper might prove helpful. It mentions demons in the air and celestial realms and also mentions the Ascension of Isaiah. Do you have access to JSTOR?

    Where Do Devils Live? A Problem in the Textual Criticism of Ephesians 6, 12Author(s): Christopher J. A. Source: Vigiliae Christianae, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Sep., 1976), pp. 161-174 Published by: BRILLStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1583331

    Comment by Edward T. Babinski — 2010/10/22 @ 6:09 am

  3. Thanks for this. It’s an interesting, if heavy, article. I’m sure I’ll be able to make use of it.

    Comment by Neil Godfrey — 2010/10/22 @ 12:30 pm

  4. Neil,

    I am trying to get you interviewed on a fledgling but successful (number 3 in votes for show type) atheist and skeptic pod/blog.

    Ive asked Steve Wiggins (sects and violence) similarly.

    I hope you dont mind me being forward in promoting you in such a manner.

    Comment by Henk vdG — 2011/03/03 @ 7:37 pm

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