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. --Blattid _________________________________________________________________ The new MSN 8: advanced junk mail protection and 2 months FREE* http://join.msn.com/?page=features/junkmail --