Re: Josephus and Magi

Thank you Bob.  The problem would be McNamara's in this case.  I have 
left the article at home, so will have to post it this evening.  I recall 
that he deals with that in his article, but I don't remember the specific 
passage or how he gets around the fact that Mag- is usually negative in 
Jewish and Christian literature.

>From another angle however, if Magoi is being used to describe Essenes 
rather than Persians it does not follow that Matthew is presenting them 
in a positive light so much as they come off better than Herod and the 
chief priests-lesser of three evils.  Just a musing.

-Larry Swain
Parmly Billings Library