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Some recent reading.

GraecoMuse on The Persecution of Christians in Eusebius:

The edict of toleration would have provided the majority of the Christians with a sense of relief.   Though, the sheer number of volunteer martyrs mentioned by Eusebius and Lactantius implicate that for the few the edict removed their chance to show their devotion.  Momigliano asserts that one such response is that some Christians voiced resentment in light of those who “survived in fear” through the persecution rather than in physical pain. An analysis of this suggests that there may have been some resentment for the minority who appeared to seek the persecution.

Daniel Wallace on The Great Commission or the Great Suggestion?:

If Matthew had wanted to say ‘as you are going, make disciples’ he would have used the present participle of poreuomai instead of the aorist. In every other instance when the aorist participle is followed by an imperative in Matthew, the force of the participle is a command. […] How does this relate to the Great Commission? Essentially, it means that the apostles must go before they could make disciples.

Also, I am excited to see a video of “What the Buddha Thought,” a talk given by scholar of Buddhism Richard Gombrich.  Gombrich is one of the most influential and controversial scholars of early Buddhism (especially the Pali Canon) in the world.  I greatly enjoyed dissecting his book of the same name, especially Gombrich’s mining of the Vedas and Jain texts to better contextualize the Tipitika.