Re: Didache 12:5

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Mon Feb 21 2000 - 08:26:35 EST

At 7:09 AM -0600 2/21/00, Jeffrey B. Gibson wrote:
>Bill Rodgers wrote:
>> Bart: I think "Christmonger" is an excellent translation of
>> only is it colorful, but it is also quite accurate. The word "monger"
>>may not be
>> used that much nowadays, but I can not think of a better word. Vendor
>>or hawker just
>> do not match it.
>One problem, however, is that (unless things have changed radically
>since I moved from
>there) in some circumstances in Britain, and therefore for British
>ears, "monger" does
>not have the pejorative connotation or tones that I think Bart wants to
>convey. When one
>wants to purchase some "hardware" (as in Ace hardware, not computer
>supplies), one still
>goes to the Ironmongers.

In view of what Jeffrey is saying here, I might suggest
"pseudo-evangelist"--that's a reasonably current term, and I would guess
that such persons might have been as controversial then as now.

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
One Brookings Drive/St. Louis, MO, USA 63130/(314) 935-4018
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