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Date: Thu, 08 May 2003 15:50:05 -0500
From: James Jordan 
Subject: Re: (urth) latro and ares

"Zarathustra began his prophetic mission about the middle of the sixth 
century...." Olmstead, HIstory of Persian Empire, p. 94. I.e., ca. 550BC. I 
think this is pretty much the consensus these days.


At 12:59 PM 5/8/2003, you wrote:
>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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