From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Tue Mar 07 2000 - 18:47:24 EST

At 4:01 PM -0600 3/7/00, Jeffrey B. Gibson wrote:
>Steven Craig Miller wrote:
>> To: Jeffrey B. Gibson,
>> << Using the TLG D Disk, there seems to be only one certain pre NT usage of
>> ARSENOKOITHS. And that's Oracula Sibyllina` Oracula 2.73 ... >
>> You may very well be correct, but according to the 3rd edition of TLG's
>> "Canon of Greek Authors and Works" Oracula Sibyllina is dated from 2 BCE to
>> 4 CE ("2 B.C.-A.D. 4"). Are you certain that this Oracle dates before the
>> mid-1st century CE?
>I set my search dates to cut off at the second cent CE and the date listing
>that came up for **this** instance in OS was 2 BCE.

I too really wondered about the likelihood of the Sibylline Oracles
antedating the NT. As I am cut off from usual reference sources here in my
Blue Ridge hideaway, I checked what I could find on the web and found--I
think it was in Encyclopaedia Britannica--that the earliest of that
collection, dated to ca 150 BC/BCE is in Book 3 of the Oracles. I think
Jeffrey cited one from Book 2.

We do seem to be chasing a lot of dead horses today--i.e. relevant answers
to rather irrelevant questions.


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