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If that video was an overstatement of the ideas that it argues, your response to it is definitely an understatement. :P

The early church fathers recognized the problem presented by this kind of information and tried to account for it. I have seen them respond to these kinds of similarities by suggesting that Satan knew what Jesus was going to be like in advance so he created all of these earlier pagan deities with the same kinds of stories (virgin births, born on or around the winter solstice [ie, Christmas], deity or son of a deity, teacher, etc.), but I have never seen the problem addressed by modern scholars. The implications of this would run much deeper than what the Yale professor is discussing in the video in the OP, and surely he has come across the information before. So I wonder how he handles it.

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The Historical Jesus 6893 Pete Vanderzwet 25-May-15 05:54
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Re: The Historical Jesus 749 Eddie Larry 07-Mar-16 00:10
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An alternative analysis 693 drrayeye 09-Mar-16 21:13
Re: An alternative analysis 688 Yourconscience 10-Mar-16 19:13
Re: The Historical Jesus 770 grangram 02-Jul-15 16:14
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Re: The Historical Jesus 889 gulsbo 15-Feb-16 19:15
Re: The Historical Jesus 637 grangram 02-Mar-16 12:25
Re: The Historical Jesus 642 BRN4327 25-Mar-17 11:01
Astrotheology? 808 bsbray 02-Mar-16 19:34
Re: Astrotheology? 638 drrayeye 06-Mar-16 15:38
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Re: Astrotheology? 611 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 06:49
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Re: Astrotheology? 662 drrayeye 10-Mar-16 21:52
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Re: Astrotheology? 814 bsbray 15-Apr-16 00:33
Re: Astrotheology? 643 BRN4327 22-Apr-17 09:52
Settled science IMO 828 David L 11-May-16 13:09
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