Excerpted Book Review, continues. This video reviews Greek terminology Williams uses to test whether God ordained apostolic succession; for He would use specific terminology well-known to people then, to communicate any such intent. Contrasted with, that to be an apostle, CHRIST HIMSELF post-mortem, had to appoint you IN PERSON, 1Cor15:1-10. Also Hebrews 9, idea of WRITTEN WILL = Our Bible. It has no clause stipulating, apostolic succession!
Also covered: Jewish Succession, as later in the book Williams will show Clement of Rome misunderstood OT Jewish law about priesthood succession.
BOOK THEME: development of 'apostolic succession' vs. Bible and history, from Christ to Constantine.
BOOK THESIS: the idea of apostolic succession grew from political needs, not Bible. Bible's doctrine on MISSIONS was hijacked (by mistake or on purpose) to haphazardly craft 'apostolic succession' in the 2nd century. Williams presents this thesis sympathetically, blaming no one. (I say 'hijacked', not him. It's obvious that hijacking was merely opportunistic.)
This is the most exciting book I've read in years; and the ONLY one on Church History, to make SENSE of that history. Here's its link: gorgiaspress.com/bookshop/p-365-williams-robert-bishop-lists-formation-of-apostolic-succession-of-bishops-in-ecclesiastical-crises.aspx
Videos excerpt and comment on what Williams says, but I could only discuss up to p.86 or so in Google. I now have express email permission from Gorgias Press LLC to scan from my hardback copy and upload the book's pages 146-148, which show Eusebius' list (recast in better form by Dr. Williams): brainout.net/WilliamsBishListsP146-148.pdf .
Book is a revision of Dr. Williams' dissertation. It's a gripping read, not like your typical snoozy dissertation which only proves you properly do homework and synthesize. Book's salient feature, is its PROCESS of analysis, which can be extrapolated into any topic. So it's worth reading over and over.
Backstory: I found this book by mistake, when vetting my own videos for 11t (and soon 11u) GGS, to see if I misrepresented facts, etc. Meanwhile, you can read it yourself, up to the limit allowed in Google (books.google.com/books?id=LLW6qVX3DRoC&pg=PR9&q&f=false). Then you too, will want to buy it.
It doesn't come in Kindle form. Yet.
Here's my Church Father Hall of Shame section, so you can read their own words (underlined words): brainout.net/Ephesians1REPARSED.htm#HallofShame . Original Word doc is better formatted, else the same, brainout.net/Ephesians1REPARSED.doc .
Sample shame, Hegesippus (not listed in Eph1REPARSED). Which is more shameful, the guy's own LYING about James and others, or our insipid praise of what he says? You decide, here's the link: earlychristianwritings.com/text/hegesippus.html .
File Name: BishList4-7.avi, 6/5/12.