And there you go again… using exquisite dissembling techniques.
“Festival”? What, no circus? No marching bands? I think @Korvexius must have missed the sub-section on
"Silent Auctions in the ANE" as well!
@Jonathan_Burke , you know perfectly well what we’re talking about:
If the Sumerians or Egyptians didnt’ have a holiday, they had a priestly story. if they didn’t have a public ritual, they had a private one.
The point being … someone was interested in December 25 centuries … eons… before Jesus arrived.
And as far as things go after Jesus arrived, you are the Only two people I know in the whole universe who say there was no Pagan interest in a Solar god in association with December 25.
@Jonathan_Burke, can you find a single writer (even a lunatic one?) that will agree with you that there were no pagans even in the Roman Empire who were not interested in a Solar god in connection with December 25?
I’d be astounded if you could even find one who says the Roman pagans got their idea for December 25 from the Christians… since one of the earliest dates we have for a pagan solar god being associated with December 25 is well before 300 CE.
Since you have not righted your keel … and all you have wanted to do is mock me further, consider me off limits. Both of you. I have had my hand slapped a time or two by a moderator for complaining when someone wouldn’t respond to my questions.
So I know for a fact you won’t be able to complain either. Leave me alone.