From: Jim West (jwest@Highland.Net)
Date: Tue Oct 05 1999 - 15:28:31 EDT

At 02:42 PM 10/5/99 -0400, you wrote:
> I Clement 12:3 paraphrases the LXX account of Rahab, indicating that
>she hid the "spies" (should this be rendered "reconnaissance scouts? or
>is that too much? Gk: [TWN KATASKOPWN]

I think it is a fine rendering.

) under some LINOKALAMHN. "Flax"
>isn't a word I ever hear used (apart from this passage!). Does anyone
>have any firm ideas about what the substance actually is?

It is flax straw used as thatch.

> Could it be
>thatching straw?

yup. (oops- I forgot- Im not supposed to use that word.) yes, it is indeed
thatching or roofing straw. See Aristophanes' "Lysistrata" 736.

> Or is it some kind of unspun linen?

No. I mean I suppose it could be transformed into it if someone wished, but
the word seems to be used here for thatching straw. PCair.Zen.470 uses it in
just that sense I think.



Jim West, ThD
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