Thanks for some good points there.<quoted text>
Actually, the greeks sommehow seem to mysteriously disappear.
Especially believers that just read the bible have thisillusion that the entire country/levantine was filled with mini-skirted romans.
But the Grek upheld a steady trade with the persians in slaves.
If you were circumcised, risky then, you were not whole in the eyes of the greeks and persians. So had less value.
So i've seen this as a rationale too.
Paul probably watched a botch-job but also had gay tendencies or simply hated women. Soldier in the greek-roman army.
Ah well, something was off.
And not the foreskin.
Where he traveled was the turf og the goddess Cybele. Man would emulate her fertility and renewal to nature by emasculating themselves.(Osiris-isis myth, same agricultural renewal theme)
This went on for centuries till a bisshop or emperor forbade it in the third century CE.
So when was Paul written? Convents 4th-5th century thereabouts.
Monks also for the longest time considered it a prerequisite to be like the chaste jesus, being like asexual god.
Just a thought...was this paul character clever enough to have invented a covering/sheath/condom to cover up the foreskin deficiency of peter and co?
Also interesting is how Paul is seen as a mangod in the NT and this title was NOT accorded to BJ the mangod!!!
11 When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in their local dialect,THESE MEN are GODS IN HUMAN FORM!!!!!!
12 They decided that BARNABAS was the Greek god ZEUS and that PAUL was HERMES, since he was the chief speaker