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.
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