In which Steve Caruso strands Ralph Ellis on a deserted island of utter stupidity

As I’ve said before, Ralph Ellis is a nut, a loon, a moron. Generally speaking, he is a self-published troll.

So Tom has posted on his silliness, and not Steve — and Aramaic Translator — points out a few things non-academics do when they pretend to be academic, such as,

The progression of Judas into Addai is a horrible “Edenic two-step.”Judas comes from יהודה /yehuda/, and יהודה and אדי could not perturb from one to the other as he proposes. One cannot simply ignore established etymology.

So, you understand, right? If not, read the rest here:

The Aramaic Blog: King Jesus of Edessa by Ralph Ellis — Er.. What?.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

4 thoughts on “In which Steve Caruso strands Ralph Ellis on a deserted island of utter stupidity

  1. .
    Actually, the deflection from Judas to Theudus to Thadaeus to Addai came from the venerable theologian Joseph Thayer. Are you saying that Joseph Thayer did not understand the Greek/Aramaic New Testament?


  2. .
    You think it is a ‘mental illness’ to quote a renowned and respected theologian? You sad little man.

    And your ‘Aramaic translator’ pal is equally sad, if he knows nothing of Jewish Pesher. The whole point of the many deliberate pseudonyms and hypocorisms created by the biblical and talmudic authors, and by Josephus himself, is not that they conformed to every jot and tittle of Aramaic grammar, but they were hidden and humorous. Only the ‘initiated’ few were supposed to be able to follow who these characters really were.

    I ask you. If your view of Josephus is correct, then why does Josephus NEVER mention King Abgarus, King Manu or Edessa – not even once? The most influential kingdom of this region in this era, and Josephus does not mention them? Come come now, think again. The Edessan army was even the ally of King Aretas of Petra, when he defeated Herod in the AD 30s. And what does Josephus call these Edessans? Ah, yes, he calls them: “the treachery of some fugitives from Syria” – anything but admit that the Edessans were influential in Judaea and Syria.

    How can you study biblical history, without understanding Pesher, and without understanding Josephus’ Roman propaganda?


    1. Why doesn’t Josephus mention the United States or Mars? Why doesn’t Josephus mention Glenn Beck?

      Hey, crack-pot, you are a nut case who likely either steals artefacts or invents stories of having things. Then, you go nutty and invent more conspiracy theories.

      Steve Caruso is actually a real scholar, unlike you who only has his bad accent and poor excuse for a hat.

      Poor guy… bet you think aliens built the pyramids.

      Dude, get on some meds.

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