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I think the Greeks were doing what they had to do as a consequence of the success of the apocalyptic narrative. They had to answer Greek questions, and they devised many hermeneutical strategems to give the appearance at least that they were answering those questions biblically.

Maybe you don’t mean it this way Andrew, but that statement comes across as if you are saying that those folks that hammered out what has been accepted as correct/orthodox theology for centuries now were not being entirely honest. To “devise stragems” to “give the appearance at least” of being “biblical” sounds like a very pragmatic attempt at coming up with an answer they thought would work–and would even give an “appearance” of coming from Scripture itself and thus correct. It doesn’t sound like you think they were really interested in the truth–only an answer that worked at the moment.