Re: The Greek word 'Magoi'

From: Timothy T. Dickens (
Date: Thu Nov 07 1996 - 09:23:26 EST

On Thu, 7 Nov 1996, Edward G Mathews, Jr. wrote:

> Bauer-Arndt-Gingrich, Gr-Eng Lex of NT, cites a couple
> of articles on the etymology of "magos," particularly
> one by Nyberg and another by A. D. Nock. The word,
> which is Old Persian, went into Armenian as "mag."
> You will find more etymological data on this in
> H. Huebschmann, Armenische Grammatik, p. 195, #410.
> Adjarian, Etymological Dictionary of Armenian
> (in Armenian, I am afraid), says it is a Pahlavi
> word -- ie, Middle Persian. Since the word does
> occur in Old Persian, see R. Kent, Old Persian (1950)
> 201 - "member of a priestly order of Media", Adjarian
> cannot be quite right.
> E. Benveniste may also say something in one or two
> of his numerous publications on Persian-Armenian
> or Indo-European etymology.
> hope this is of some help.
> Edward G. Mathews, Jr.
> University of Scranton
> Scranton, PA 18510

        I have yet to go home and check out this info in BAG
(Bauer-Arndt-Gingrich). If this info is of any help, then please
(everybody) disregard my previous post I sent out earlier to the
discussion groups listed above.

Thanks very much
Tim Dickens


This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.4 : Sat Apr 20 2002 - 15:37:56 EDT