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From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 
Subject: Re: (urth) latro and ares
Date: Thu, 08 May 2003 10:59:07 -0700

Nutria wrote:

>         Whatever Z. may be now, or may have been in the 1st century, the 
>question is what it was in Latro's day. Given the friendliness of the 
>Persian rulers to the Jews, it seems that ur-Zoroastrians may have thought 
>they were worshipping the same God under different names. Reading the works 
>of Zarathustra, one wonders if he had not been influenced by diaspora Jews.

Nutria, I would suggest that this is improbable on the face of things
-- tradition holds that Zarathushtra lived ca. 1750 BC; this would place
us well before the time of Moses, let alone the Diaspora. It is then
much more likely that influence would have flowed in the other
direction, the quasi- or proto-monotheism of Zarathushtra helping to
shape the monotheism of Abraham and Moses.


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